Georgia Nitchie and Ella Owens practise for the upcoming SAS year-end dance recital. (Cameron Thomson/Salmon Arm Observer)

SAS dance students ready to rock year-end recital

Recital takes place June 11, 12 and 13 at the SAS Sullivan Theatre

By Barb Brouwer


Some students may be succumbing to the warm weather and lure of the beach.

But the 14 students in Salmon Arm Secondary’s Grade 11/12 Dance Class are hard at work preparing for their year-end recital later this month.

The lone male and 13 young women will perform hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre and modern dance numbers, all choreographed by enthusiastic teacher Danielle Berger.

As well, the dancers broke off into small groups this year, have chosen their preferred style and have choreographed their own numbers.

“The class is particularly talented this year, with a lot of students who have experience in other dance studios,” says Berger noting that while students don’t need experience to attend her dance class, this group is definitely not a beginning class. “I was able to be creative with the choreography and make it higher calibre than previous years because of the skill and talent of the students.”

Berger says some of the music will be familiar to the audience, but some will be a little bit off-the-charts and not the typical hot hits, so the audience can’t have a pre-conceived notion of how the dances should be aligned with the music.

Read more: Salmon Arm Secondary musical theatre students ready for their moment in the spotlight

Read more: Students produce a rollicking ride

Read more: Theatre provides food for thought

There will be a Disney song, though.

“I am really happy and so lucky with what I do, and this year the level of dance has exceeded my expectations,” she says. “It’s tough with the weather and end-of-year, yet they still manage to show up every day and work hard.”

Berger describes her dance students as positive as well as diligent and says they are thoroughly enjoying their preparations for the recital.

“I feel I say this every year, but it really is the truth,” says Berger, pointing out several students have already registered for fall classes and she is hoping more will join. “I grew up dancing at Just for Kicks but many kids don’t have the opportunity or the finances, so this gives them a chance to explore this creative outlet.”

The recital takes place at 6:30 p.m. June 11, 12 and 13 at the SAS Sullivan Theatre. Tickets at $10 are available at the SAS Sullivan office or at the door – if the show doesn’t sell out!


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

UPDATE: Trans-Canada Highway reopens after fatal collision west of Salmon Arm

Police collision analysis and reconstruction investigating scene of head-on crash

Man charged in Salmon Arm church shooting returns to court

Provincial Court judge allows two-week adjournment in murder, assault changes

Two girls teams and one boys team to play “B Cup” Provincials in July

The U14 Girls, the U13/14 Boys and the U16 Girls have all qualified for provincials

North Okanagan student relearns how to take steps forward

The Vernon Convocation starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Vernon campus, OC Facebook to stream event

Shuswap Trail Alliance to oversee Sicamous-to-Armstrong rail trail planning

Regional district relies on non-profit organization’s expertise on trail projects

VIDEO: Tributes flow on 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death

Jackson received a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009. He died at age 50

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Sandwiches and mascara could mean driving fines

RCMP say if you cause an accident well eating you could be penalized

Truck smashes fence, building and knocks out power in Okanagan

Two heavily intoxicated men were discovered at the crash scene

Delta cat severely injured in animal trap was likely stuck for days, owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Alleged Okanagan shoplifter tracked down by RCMP

Vernon retail store’s loss prevention officer’s description of suspect helps lead to arrest

District staff consider updated GHG emission reduction targets in Summerland

Residents suggest plastic bag ban, cohousing, having new developments be “solar ready” at open house

No lawyer for man involved in Kelowna crime spree

Stephen Ear Skinner had his court date moved to July 9

HIV tests now part of most Emergency Department blood work

There are up to 15 per cent of “HIV-positive individuals who are unaware of their HIV status.”

Most Read