Just when we could all use something uplifting, along comes “Collections,” Dance Theatre Northwest's combined Spring Concert & Annual School Recital. It can change your whole outlook and give you faith in the next generation. Two shows will be offered in Mount Tahoma High School’s beautiful auditorium at 4634 S. 74th, Tacoma, WA 98409, on June 22nd, at 2:30 and 7 p.m.
The programs will feature dynamic examples of dance styles ranging from classical and contemporary ballet, to jazz, tap, and musical theater. Enjoy classical ballet pieces inspired by Beethoven Symphonies, as well as excerpts from “Swan Lake,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Guys & Dolls.”
"Dance Theatre Northwest continues to thrive because of its amazing members,” Artistic Director Melanie Kirk-Stauffer told me. “The program we will present next weekend is a fabulous example of how people working together can produce something extraordinary.”
Kirk-Stauffer dedicates her life to teaching dance and inspiring her students, which would be more than enough for most people. But she also does the choreography, designs the costumes and stages the performances.
Her students, in turn, dedicate themselves to perfecting their art, with Associate Artistic Director Vadne Domeika making major contributions toward their development and the public performances. The results of all that love and hard work show in every move and serve as a testament to goal setting and encouragement. I wish all young people could see how some of their peers have learned focus and perseverance, life lessons that will help them realize their dreams.
"I am especially proud of our dancers and staff along with the numerous volunteers that have helped to make this show something that will be beautiful and uplifting, and it has been a lot of fun producing so many new pieces."
For tickets and more information or call 253-778-6534 or see www.DTNW.org Tickets are available online or at the door. Prices for children and seniors are $11 - $13, Adults $22- $26. Ask about military and group discounts. All photos by Maks Zakarhov.