Good morning everyone, & welcome to On Stage Dance Studio’s 14th annual spring recital! This year’s recital looks unlike any performance we have ever presented before. Despite not being able to dance together in person, we still want to celebrate our amazing students & their achievements!
I want to remind my students that whether we’re in the studio or at home on our own, all is not lost. You are still a dancer, and a dancer dances. You were a dancer when you were sweating it out alongside your classmates in a cardio circuit,and you were also a dancer when you were in your basement doing a Zoom stretch class. You were a dancer when you basked in the thunderous applause at last year’s recital performance, and you’re still a dancer today, as you sit & watch our choreography on a screen. You were a dancer when you worked and worked and worked and *finally* nailed that triple pirouette. You were a dancer when you felt nervous backstage but made it through with the support of your dance family. You were a dancer the first time you toddled into a Dancin’ Kids class, even if you were crying & had to hold Ms. Meghan’s hand the whole time. You were a dancer when you sat on the floor of the changeroom trying to do your homework amidst the chaos of class changeovers. You were a dancer when you tried, and failed, and tried again, and failed again, and tried AGAIN, and then grew. You were a dancer when your dance family got you through something tough,and you were a dancer when you helped others carry their baggage. You were a dancer every single time you made your teacher smile or laugh in class. You were a dancer not just in your ballet class uniform or your costume, but everywhere you went. You were a dancer when you were just starting out & looked up to the “big kids” as you watched them from the studio door, and you were a dancer when you left the stage at the end of your OSD career to take the next step in your journey. You were a dancer, simply put, every time you felt that joy in your soul from moving your body, when you heard a beat & were called to bob your head or snap your fingers, when you realized the amazing power that dance has to unite and connect us.
This year’s recital was created one individual dancer at a time, and then combined together to create a final product that shows off our amazing OSD community. It is a testament to how much the arts can bring people together, an inspiration for how they can bring us hope through difficult times, and a hopeful look ahead to the future. Thank you all so much for your ongoing support – now sit back, relax, & enjoy the show!