ELKTON — A culmination of a year’s work, young dancers in the Elkton Recreation Dance Program are ready to show the community their talent and dedication.
The students are performing the annual end of the program show, titled “iDance,” at 7:30 p.m. June 14 and 15 and at 3 p.m. June 16 at East Rockingham High School’s auditorium.
The children and teens, who range in age from 4 to 15 years old, come from across the Shenandoah Valley, in the areas of Elkton, McGaheysville, Penn Laird, Harrisonburg, Grottoes, Luray and Shenandoah.
The dance program is based in the Elkton Recreation Center on B Street at the corner of Ashby Avenue in Elkton.
The pieces are choreographed by artistic director Mary-Liz Humphrey, assistant directors Nanny Glick and John Wittenborn, as well as some guest instructors.
“We have definitely brought in the best we could bring in to work with our kids and to do a wonderful thing for the community,” Humphrey said.
The dance program was founded by Humphrey in 1990 under the Elkton Recreation Department. Humphrey trained at the American School of Ballet and the Luigi School of Jazz Dance, both in New York City.
The dance classes offered in the program, ranging from classical ballet to hip-hop, run from September through mid-June.
The performance is called “iDance” because the dance numbers represent a variety of different styles.
“It’s a celebration of all types of dance. It’s a variety show,” Humphrey said. “There will be dances in pointe, ballet, creative movement, tap, musical theater and K-pop — all original choreography for each one.”
There will be 65 students performing in the show and Humphrey counted 154 different costumes for the production.
Humphrey is looking forward to a piece called “Stereophonic Sound” composed by Wittenborn that brings 13 dancers, boys and girls of all ages, on stage together.
“It’s a huge delight to put 13 kids on stage of all ages, working together,” she said. “It’s quite a joy.”
The “iDance” production also includes a pas de deux, a dance duet, featuring Zachary Hottinger and Naomi Dean. The duet was composed by Leo Clarke, a visiting dance instructor from a Polish ballet company.
“The pas de deux is very special,” Humphrey said.
Claire Fadl, a James Madison University student teacher, will perform an advanced tap number during the show. Another JMU student teacher, Angela Preziuso, will perform a musical theater piece.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and admission is free for children younger than 16. Tickets can be purchased at the door.