GUERNSEY – Tip Toes Dance coach Jessica Schreiner from Wheatland and cheer coach Heather Walker from Guernsey put together a spring dance recital that had toes tapping and people cheering.
It was the last recital of the school year for the kids June 4 in the west gym at Guernsey-Sunrise school. The theme was called “On Broadway” and the event was sponsored by the Tri-City Parks and Rec, Tip Toes Dance and the Viking All-Stars Cheer Squad.
On an overcast night, it was apropos for the first song to come out as a warning to the weather as Amiliana Ibarra, Gracie Dockter, Sophie Dockter, Brinley Howe, Peyton Seyfang, Willow Ashmore, Skiler Freouf, Delaynie Hort, BraeLyunn Vega, Addie Perkins and Garrett Howe danced to the Barbara Streisand, “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”
The duo of Madison Butcher and Jaylynn Grant danced to Alesia Carr’s “How Far I’ll Go.”
It was perhaps the Intro To Dance group of Makenna Lewis, McKenzie Smith, Claire Sisson, Audrey Sizemore, Rainey Goddard, Olivia Butcher and Laycie Schreiner that stole the show from the Broadway smash hit “Beauty and the Beast” as they danced and stomped and twirled and brought immense smiles dancing to “Be Our Guest.”
A solo by Payton Seyfang was then danced masterfully to the song, “We don’t talk about Bruno,” a dark Latino tune from the movie “Encanto.”
This was followed by the familiar “Hard Knock Life” from the Broadway Musical “Annie.” The young tap dancers included Sophie Dockter, Laycie Schreiner, Addie Perkins, Randi Rae Fross and Jaylynn Grant.
Coach Walker then brought out her spirit troops and rocked the house with the new cheer team that debuted this last winter at the final Guernsey-Sunrise basketball game. All levels of cheer were represented as Cheer 1, Cheer 2 and Cheer 3 took the audience into the intermission. The cheerleaders under the direction of Walker are: Cheer 2 – Whitley, Kinsley O., Madison, Rylan, Amiliana, Carlow, Destani, Willow, Gracie, Brinley and Jaylynne, Cheer 1 – Avery, Lydia, Elizabeth, Garrett, Taryn, Sophie, Audrey, Olivia, Laycie, Kyla, Ivy and Kasey, Cheer 3 – Brooke O., Brooke S., Berkleigh, Rylan, Madison B., and Kenzie.
The tappers brought the crowd back to a hush after intermission with “The Other Side” from the movie “The Greatest Showman.”
The next song was a crowd favorite and perhaps the oldest of all songs as it was written in the late ‘30s for the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” The young ballet dancers were magnificent as they danced to “Over the Rainbow.” Dancers who were in the number, Madison Thomas, Taryn Walker, Avery Sizemore, Sophie Dockter, BraeLyunn Vega, Randi Rae Fross and Addie Perkins.
Three dancers from Ballet 3 performed to the Andrew Lloyd Webber song, “Think of Me” from the musical Phantom of the Opera and showed off their older finesse and panache. Abbey Seyfang, Brinley How and Delaynie Hort performed.
Gracie Dockter then appeared onstage for a solo performance of “Cups” by Anna Kendrick before the duo of Delaynie Hort and Abby Seyfang came out and danced to “Sky Full of Stars,” which was an up-tempo techno-esc piece.
Ballet 2 was the final act and Lydia Saukkola, Peyton Seyfang, Madison Butcher, Whitley Walker and Jaylynn Grant danced to the song “Colors of the Wind” from the Disney animated movie, “Pocahontas,” with colorful wings.
“The recital had a fantastic turnout,” said Tip Toes Dance Studio’s Schreiner. “We filled all available chairs and then had to pull out the bleachers to seat more people. The Vikings all-star cheer squad put on a bake sale and sold tickets for a raffle taking place on July 4. They are both going toward scholarship funds for students wanting to take the summer dance camp but unable to afford it. The students worked incredibly hard to make the performance successful, and accomplished that flawlessly. I am so incredibly proud and honored to work with these kids and get to know them and watch them grow in both dance and their lives.”