Calling on the skills they have been building in their classes, dozens of students of the Galt Dance Center performed on June 18 in a patriotic dance recital.
The theme, “Celebrate America,” showed in the red, white and blue costumes, as well as the music list, which was filled with rousing marches, many by John Philip Sousa. Dancers also performed to a pop song and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
After doing many different themes for the dance school’s annual recital, including nursery rhymes and an enchanted forest, owner Dorothy Delgado decided it would be a “great time” for an America theme.
It made the bright color palette easy to pick and gave a chance to use those “energetic” marches, which “had a good beat,” Delgado said.
All of the studio’s classes were represented in the performance at Vernon E. Greer Elementary School, from the children as young as 3 years old in the creative movement class to older kids in tap, jazz and hip-hop, and ballet. In solos, Sarah Hughes, Emma Hughes, Victoria Ordaz and Rebecca Lavond demonstrated graceful ballet choreography, and Sara Sutton performed a sprightly tap dance routine.
This year, the students have “learned to pay attention and to work really hard,” Delgado said. “They listened well, and they learned the lessons of performing, which was that they were going to be entertaining people and they needed to have lots of energy.”
The dancers had no trouble entertaining the audience, and during intermission, some children watching the show got up to do their own twirls.
Delgado started the studio 28 years ago, and she was glad to return the recital to a more typical format after many pandemic-induced changes. In 2020, the studio held the event virtually with prerecorded performances; at Saturday’s in-person event, wearing masks for the audience was enforced, but the dancers took the stage mask-free.
Because of the disruption from COVID-19, it was only this year that Delgado met many of the students in person, and she wondered if they would be ready for the recital.
“And then, as we got to the last few weeks, they really got a sense of the fact that they were doing this performance, and it was great to see them really pick it up and be so enthusiastic,” Delgado said.
She continued that the lessons learned in classes go beyond dancing, giving students the tools to respect and listen to others in their everyday lives.
“I love the teaching,” Delgado said. “I love seeing the light go on when the child learns a new step or the child gets what I’m saying.”