The sound of tapping feet resonated in the George Washington Masonic Memorial auditorium for Just Dance’s three Father’s Day recitals on Sunday. Over 100 dance students from all over the area showed off their moves to more than 1,200 relatives and guests.
“They all did really well. The girls were so enthusiastic,” instructor Sally Tierney said. “They were so excited to be up there. All the girls smiled and shared their happiness with the audience.”
Dance students of varying ages performed thirteen specially choreographed dances that were set to popular music from the past 100 years or so. Each dance featured unique costumes that impressed the audience to voice loud "oh's"and "ah's" each time the curtain rose.
"I think we did really well. I like performing, and it was really great," Marissa Nolasco said.
Throughout the three performances, a slippery spot appeared on the stage and effected the girls' dancing. While there were a couple falls and slips, no one was injured.
“There was a slick spot, but they performed through the tough times," Tierney said. "They were so happy and even if things got a little slippery, they just got back up and kept dancing."
After the performance hundreds of parents rushed the stage to claim their ballerinas and present bouquets of flowers. Each student received a pink star cookie and will get a DVD with their recital and pictures later this summer.
“It was so much fun, and we all had a great time. The best part was being back stage with your friends,” Natalie Hohman said. “You get to play and watch your friends do well.”
Several older students will spend the summer at prestigious dance schools like the American Ballet Theater, Dance Masters and the Cecchetti ballet summer school. Classes at Just Dance will resume in September, and enrollment information is available on the website.