Grand finale for EDC dancers 8th year
by Holly Davis
Dancers representing the Entertainment Dance Company located in Nortonville, took stage June 1 at Free State High School. Jennifer Cox, owner and director of the company, hosted the eighth annual recital.
The dance company had 107 dancers who, throughout the year, attended weekly classes to prepare for the final show. Dancers who took the stage ranged from ages three to 18.
The recital consisted of 31 performances. Of these dances, 14 were competitive which Cox said is the most she’s ever had.
The 37 competitive dancers ranged from ages seven to 18. They had the opportunity to attend four competitions during the season and were very successful while there Cox said.
Instructors Allie Courter and Jaycie Heinen were two of many helpers who were by Cox’s side throughout the weekend.
Courter started her job at EDC her freshman and sophomore year as a substitute teacher, became an assistant her junior year, and began working full time as an instructor her senior year.
For Heinen, this was her first season as a full-time instructor at the dance studio.
“They both have been hard workers and have showed so much dedication. We will miss Allie greatly and at the same time look forward to our future with Jaycie,” Cox said.
As a traditional closer to the recital, the EDC dancers gave their final goodbye to seniors Chelsey Wilson, Alex Wilson, Logan Ratliff, Kaitlyn Tomlinson, Ashlee Herken, Paige Boos, Allie Courter, and Holly Davis. Davis was attending the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar in Manhattan and was unable to attend her recital.
“I am so blessed to have had these eight seniors. They will be missed greatly. I want to thank them for being part of the EDC family and although it was heartbreaking to say goodbye, it was wonderful to honor them and give them a chance to be in the spotlight,” Cox said.
Cox reflected on her last eight years of owning her dance studio, but looks forward to what the future holds for her and her dancers.
“Season eight has brought joy and excitement. Each year I see our dance family grow stronger and every success and achievement becomes greater. I am so glad to be a part of a place where there are so many different people from many different areas,” she said.
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