Dixie Darlings recital Thursday

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 14, 2008 - The Dixie Darlings dance classes from the Boys & Girls Club will be strutting their stuff during their annual spring recital which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday on the stage of Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium.

The event, slated to last two hours, will feature five numbers from each of the class levels, designed to show off the skills the girls have been working on all semester long, and will culminate with a few awards for well deserved dance students.

In addition to the standard opening and closing numbers, each group of girls will perform a ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and modern number.

In order to participate in the B&GC dance program, the girls paid a $35 semester fee, and have been building skills since January, working toward performance. Not only have the girls been busy in class, they've also held a number of fundraisers during the year to provide funding for their clothing and props.

While they've been working all semester toward Thursday night's show, the girls have only had two opportunities to practice on the Civic Center stage because of the cost charged per hour for use of the facility, according to dance instructors Jessica Vaculik and Cassie Johnson.

The range of girls and skill-levels will vary from the 5- and 6-year-olds in the beginners I class, the second through fourth graders in beginners II, all ages in the techniques class, girls age 11 or fourth through sixth graders which make up the Cadette Corps, and six middle school-age dance captains who are required to try out to earn the right to work with the younger girls in their classes. The B&G dance classes stop at the middle school level, with the goal to prepare them for Blue Blazes tryouts as ninth graders, should they opt to do so, according to Vaculik.

At the end of Thursday night's performance of "Live, Love, Dance," one girl from each skills level will be named the Best Darling, voted on by their classmates. The spring dance recital will conclude with the naming of the Darling of the Year, selected by their teachers.

All are welcome to attend the free dance concert and cheer on the girls' hard work. Those who can't attend or who just can't get enough of those leaping ladies will have another opportunity to catch a glimpse of them Saturday during the Flea Market on the square. The members are slated to perform from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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