For 27 years, students of Paula’s Dance Academy have showcased their hard work in a dance recital for family and friends. This year’s presentation was held both Friday and Saturday nights on the stage of Warren County Middle School.
“With almost 175 students ranging from 3 to 18 years of age it’s a big production, and is best if we have it two nights,” said instructor Paula Barnes. “I have many helpers, parents and volunteers who help make this possible, and I appreciate all their help.”
Senior Rachel Mathis was the focus of the recital, “Journey to Your Dreams” as she danced her way across the country. She traveled through Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Chicago, Las Vegas, Hollywood and New York, making friends and memories in search of her dreams.
At each location, dancers presented dances from music relating to the area. Tennessee’s was a favorite with Elvis’ “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Tennessee Waltz” pleasing the spectators. “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Devil Went Down to Georgia” were hits from Atlanta, and toes were tapping with the “Hip Hop Hooray” number.
The next stop was the happiest place on earth, Disney World, where tiny Minnie Mouses were adorable in “Minnie’s Bowtique.” Dancer Sabrina Caldwell portrayed Rapunzel from “Tangled,” and Mathis danced to “International Smile” at Epcot. A lovely ballet presentation was performed to close out the set to “Frozen’s” “Let It Go,” and Arrie Beth Hyder’s dance as the frozen queen.
With lots of action presented in the Windy City stop, it was full speed on the way to Las Vegas and Hollywood. In New York, Mathis met new friends on the journey to making her dreams come true.
Paula’s Dance Academy will be holding dance camps this summer with Summer Intensive June 16-18 for fourth grade through high school students; Frozen Dance Camp will be June 23-26 for students 3 - 8 years old; and Summer Dance Camp will be July 7-10 for students 6 -13 years of age. The studio can be reached by calling 931-473-0505.