Mary Beck dance recital slated for this weekend; Competition pieces, senior recital selections in Sunday show

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Dancers from the Mary Beck School of Dance will present their numbers during the annual recital at 2 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Performing in the number "Bad," front row from left, are: Sydney Sebastian, Alex Bahl, Brooke Cornell. Second row: Katie Kaiser and Jaci Evans. Back row: Jordan Campbell, Sydney Williams, Kaelin Johnson-Roark, Bridges Madison and Meghan Gaines. Chuck Nickle/Special to the Cassville Democrat

By Murray Bishoff

Cassville Democrat

The Mary Beck School of Dance will bring students from Monett and Cassville to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin for the annual recital 2 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Auditorium.

Colorful costumes, a trademark of the Mary Beck School of Dance, will be seen in many of their routines, including "Turn It Up" at the annual recital, pictured above. Pictured at front is Lily Cahalan. Second row: Morgan Slater, M'Kena Propps, Peyton Poage, Ellie Whisman, Chloe Courtney and Madison Williams. Back row: Elizabeth Enos, Heather Greenway, Jaysa Aga, Laney Roller, Caitlyn Calhoun, Anna Krueger and Riley Hohensee. Chuck Nickle/Special to the Cassville Democrat

The recital features 33 dance numbers, showcasing this year's competition selections from Dance Masters of America, Chapter 27, solo groups and lines competition, held April 4-6 in Owasso, Okla.

The first half of the program will feature most of the solo numbers, with six medal-winning group numbers in the second half. Twenty-two selections in the recital won medals.

Gold medal winners include Elizabeth Roark Enos in "Broadway Baby" and Brooke Cornell in "In Herr." Alex Bahl and Brooke Cornell will present their routine "Youth," which won them a gold medal for choreography. High silver medal winning solos include Jaysa Aga in "Sweet Home Chicago," Katie Kaiser in "Livin' La Vida Loca," Jordan Campbell in "Let's Hear It For Me," Lily Cahalan in "Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Carley Klewer in "Fame," Caitlyn Calhoun in "I Can Do Anything Better Than You," Morgan Slater in "Hey, Mambo" and Harriett Meyer in "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend."

The first half concludes with the 16-girl showpiece for the younger dancers, "Rockin' the Boat," which won the High Silver Overall Trophy. The recital concludes with "Bad," the 11-girl older ensemble

number that won the Gold Adjudication Judges Award and the second runner-up overall trophy.

Graduating students this year are Kaelin Roark-Johnson and Bridges Madison.

Mary Beck and Kay Kaiser are teachers for the studio. Dance assistants are Alex Bahl, Brooke Cornell, Nicole Salsman and Sheila Roark Wright.

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