Dance Shoppe to host 39th recital this weekend

The Dance Shoppe in Russell Springs will be hosting its 39th recital this weekend.

Zach Grider, Gym Manager and Program Director at the Dance Shoppe, said it has taken a lot of work and dedication over the years to make the recitals a reality.

“I think that 39 years ago when my aunt, Marti Sallee, started this business she didn’t have any idea it would turn into what it is,” Grider said. “It takes a lot of work, and as she says, it takes a village. We have a great team of 15 or 16 instructors that are teaching more than 250 kids each week.”

This year’s recital is Disney-themed, complete with costumes and music, and titled “The Most Magical Recital on Earth.”

“What’s really cool is we’ve chosen some songs that are timeless classics and some new songs that the kids are in love with like Frozen,” Grider said. “We have a good mix where the parents in the audience will love it as will the kids that are on stage.”

The show will be about three hours total, and admission is free. The show will be held at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset beginning at noon on Saturday, Aug. 21. Those attending are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering.

Another community performance is coming up next month as well. Grider said a scaled-down version will take place at the Star Theater on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.

“We have always been great partners with the Star Theater in Russell Springs and when COVID hit, they struggled to get back on their feet,” Grider said. “We knew that they could do it, so they reached out to us as a joint effort to help get them rolling.”

That show will cost $10 per ticket, with revenue generated benefitting the Star Theater. Tickets will be sold online, and Grider said they will soon be putting a link out for people to purchase their tickets online.

“We’ll be releasing that hopefully around the beginning of September,” Grider said.



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