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A World of Color
Paula's Dance Academy presents 31st annual recital
During the presentation of Into the Blue, the stage took on a lovely hue, highlighting the royal blue costumes. Lighting director Brian Madaris showed his creative abilities during the two-night production of World of Color.

Paula’s Dance Academy presented its 31st annual recital recently, with two performances showcasing approximately 160 students. Using the theme World of Color, 40 songs relating to color were performed by students.
According to instructor Paula Barnes, they chose to do something different this year by foregoing stage scenery for creative lighting.
“We didn’t have the usual scenery. Instead we had a silver curtain backdrop highlighted with lights,” said Barnes. “Parent volunteer Brian Madaris did all our lighting and sound this year and did a wonderful job.”
Madaris is a professional lighting technician working with the Charlie Daniels Band, but volunteers his services for the annual recital.
“He is a great guy to work with and he brings a lot of knowledge to the entire show,” said Barnes. “His insight adds the extra element of lighting to the production that really enhances the show.”
Songs such as “Men in Black,” "Grey Sky Morning,” “Into the Blue,” “Colors of the Wind,” “Big Green Tractor,” “Pink Cadillac,” and “Purple Rain” were utilized in the recital.
“I have had many people tell me how much they enjoyed the show and the changes we made this year. I think they could relate to many of the songs and enjoyed the various lighting situations,” said Barnes. “We do have a lot of older girls this year that have grown skill wise. Our dance troupe has excelled and took eight routines to dance competition this year. This makes a difference to the performance.” 
With 160 students performing, many parents, grandparents, volunteers and family members work together to make it a success. Barnes is joined by ballet instructor Camryn Austin and a host of studio teachers on a regular basis.
The academy has summer classes scheduled for all ages, with information available by calling 473-0505. They will also be presenting “The Nutcracker Fantasy” again this year on Dec. 8-9, with auditions coming June 5.
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