OVPA Spring Recital

OVPA Spring Recital
Posted on 04/09/2019
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Just over 350 students participated last week across four performances at the annual Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School Spring Dance Recital. Under the leadership of OVPA Dance Coordinar Ms. Katie Yates, kindergarten - fourth dance students chose a genre and worked alongside classmates from February-April to practice and prepare for the memorable performance. Students at OVPA have the option to take dance classes as electives throughout their tenure, and can also be part of the OVPA Dance Company. Performances included a morning and evening show on Tuesday and Thursday, last week.

“The Spring Recital is a fun performance for our kids, that gives them an opportunity to explore individual identities on stage. They enjoy lively music specifically chosen for each class, beautiful costumes, and flourish under the strong encouragement from crowds of students, parents, and guests,” says Ms. Yates. “I’ve had these kids since August, and I don’t feel like I really knew some of them until I saw them perform on stage. Being on stage can bring out someone in you that you didn’t even know existed. I’m honored to be part of creating that chance for them to shine, build confidence, and enjoy the spotlight.”

Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students chose between a performance in ballet or tap. Third graders chose between ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Fourth grade students had the same options, with the addition of cheer. OVPA Dance Company students could perform with their dance class, and again with their company (the OVPA Dance Company meets after school and separate from class in order to prepare performances at other community events). Students pay $80 to be part of the Spring Recital, which covers their costumes and shoes. They get to keep those items after the performance.

“We make sure to select songs that the audience will connect well with,” says Ms. Yates. “We want the crowd to be engaged, cheerful, and excited. Throughout the practice and preparation, as well as the live performances, our kids are learning important critical thinking and collaborative skills, and they’re being introduced to the visual and performing arts. Whether or not they go on to become professional dancers, artists, or musicians, an interest in the arts can positively impact them for the rest of their lives.”

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