Entertainment Dance Company annual recital features 111 students

Entertainment Dance CompanyDancers perform their tap routine “Walking on Sunshine” at Free State Auditorium.

by Holly Davis
Photos by Clarke Davis

Entertainment Dance Company’s annual spring recital took place June 2 at Free State High School in Lawrence. The theme was “Dance to the Music,” the opening dance number, which portrayed different stylized dance routines from era to era.

The recital consisted of 29 routines which included styles of jazz, pointe ballet, lyrical, tap, baton, pom, hip hop, and clog. Out of those routines, 13 were competitive.

Five senior girls receive a bouquet of flowers as they say goodbye at their last EDC recital.

Five senior girls receive a bouquet of flowers as they say goodbye at their last EDC recital.

Ranging in ages from three to 18, 111 dancers performed the routines they had been practicing all year. Out of those dancers, five senior girls took the stage to say their goodbyes. Those seniors were Haley Adam, Emma Bassette, Karis Dolenz, Kelsey Henning, and assistant instructor Marah Koons. Kelsey Heinen, former head instructor, gave her final words as this too will be her last year. Jaycie Heinen and former instructor Allie Courter will take over as new instructors. Jennifer Cox, director, was both all smiles and teary-eyed as she closed the evening of her seventh recital.

Cox was an assistant instructor for Showstoppers dance studio when she was a freshman in high school. “I absolutely fell in love with teaching,” Cox said. She continued there for four years until the studio shut down. “When I found out it was closing, I was devastated. I thought it would be worth trying to start my own studio.”

In 2005, Cox opened Entertainment Dance Studio and has operated it in Nortonville for seven years. When she first began, the studio had over 60 dance students. Cox is proud to have watched her studio grow over the years.

“I want to thank everyone who gives Entertainment Dance Company a chance to become part of their life. I appreciate everyone who supports EDC and it is such an honor to work with dancers and parents not only from Jefferson County, but Atchision, Brown, and Shawnee counties as well. I am just so pleased with the support system we have,” Cox said.

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