The Cannon Arts Dance recital received rave reviews this year by honoring local veterans with its USO Show held at the Arts Center of Cannon County.
Over 25 dancers from Warren County chose to honor the World War II era of the USO and the generation it served with a variety of memorable songs such as “Rosie the Riveter,” “Tuxedo Junction” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
The show's format was comprised of authentic letters from a World War II Army private, narrated by instructor Brad McCrary. Interspersed throughout the show were historical narrations from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and others, provided by the theater arts class at Warren County High School.
Over 50 dancers ages 3 to adult tapped, twirled, and clogged their way through the show, offering ballet, tap, jazz, and clogging pieces. Highlights of the show included a poignant lyrical ballet to “Schindler's List,” danced eloquently by McMinnville resident Caroline Scott.
The story commemorated the Holocaust and the breathtaking ballet “America the Beautiful” that found ballet instructors Rebecca Poole and Fernando Ramos literally soaring through the air.
Local veterans of World War II were honored at the end of each show with rousing applause.
Cannon Arts Dance students Amelia Mason, Ella Simmons and Katie Hare were awarded five-year trophies. Also recognized were staff members Jessica Mason and Kathryn Turney for five years of service and Cassidy Taylor for seven years of dance.