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Summer dance workshop at Pensacola State College
The summer dance workshop at Pensacola State College is in full session. The workshop has been running more than 30 years. Dancers come from all over the nation. Workshop organizers require participants to be at least ten-years-old and have one year of experience. This week the workshop broke record attendance with more than 200 dancers.
Faith Birdsong came from Destin to prefect her hip-hop moves. She says she has been dancing for almost 10 years. She says "whenever you do it, it just gives you this feeling of fun and freedom and I just love it."
Many dancers like Birdsong came to learn more than one style of dance. "I like ballet because it is strict and it teaches discipline and I like hip-hop because it is the complete opposite. So you get very wide range," says Birdsong.
Coordinator of the event, Lavonne French, says educating dancers on more than one style of dance is the program's goal. "To be a dancer, if you are really going to do it as a profession then you really need to study more than one style and be well versed in everything." She has run the program for the last four years.
Deanna Hyatt is one of this years instructors. Shes from Kansas City and French says Hyatt brings a fresh style to Pensacola. "She is phenomenal. I have seen her dance. I have seen her in action and she is just amazing and these kids are going to learn a whole lot from her."
French invited the professionals to teach in the classrooms as well as perform live. Friday, June 20, 2014 the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company will perform at PSC. Their performance is open to the public.
Mary Pat Henry, the director of the dance company, says the music they will perform to ranges from Bach to U2. "It is very jazzy and it is splashy. It is the kind of things that you do with the big jumps in the air and stuff that everybody goes, oh. It just keeps building until the very end." Henry says, "The joy of seeing these smiling little faces all over the place, it makes it all worth it. The kids are having a eat time. We have new teachers and they are really enjoying it. It is just a joy.
The dance company will perform at 7:30pm in the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio, WSRE building 23, at the corner of 12th Avenue and College Blvd. Tickets are $15 at the door.
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