A talented group of South Dayton children, ages four and
five, recently wore their very best leotards and slid into their black
paten-leather tap shoes to show off for their siblings, parents,
grandparents, and even great grandparents that were in attendance for an
open-classroom performance at Town Hall Theatre in Centerville. Since
spectators are only permitted inside the dance studio on the last day of the
session, the little girls were especially enthusiastic on this day. Tiny
Tappers' teacher, Miss Milea, was equally pleased by the turnout,
having to recruit guests to bring in more chairs, as the actual number of
attendees quickly exceeded her expectations.
While the dancers all warmed up (both on the floor and at
the bar by the studio mirrors) to the ever-popular music by Hilary Duff,
they were just moments away from shuffling their way into the hearts of the
audience. Applause and laughter filled the room after each of the mini-
presentations, including tapping inside and outside several red hoops that
were scattered on the floor, a routine set to music from The
LizzicMcGuire Movie soundtrack, and a game of "pick-a-step and perform
Perhaps the most animated and amusing part was when the
kids played "freeze dance", which, according to Miss Milea, happened to be
"their very favorite." With the teacher manning the CD player, the girls got
a chance to really shine-tapping, twirling, and even sliding around-until
the music would abruptly stop. Just as the name of the dance implies, the
girls would freeze in several different stances, only to pick right back up
with their freedom-of-choice steps, as soon as the music resumed.
At the end of the performance, one at a time, each of the
girls performed a dancer's bow. Here, there was no disputing that creativity
was at its highest point! One-by-one, the girls pranced, spun, tapped, or
shuffled, and then gracefully bowed before the audience. There was even some
more tapping to follow thereafter by a select few, as sort of an encore!
Miss Milea then passed out certificates and evaluation forms for each or the
beaming girls. Much like the professional dancers that perform on stage, the
girls each graciously received a congratulatory long-stemmed flower...
Tiny Tappers and other dance classes, geared for
preschoolers through adults, are offered at Town Hall Theatre through the
Washington Township Recreation Center's dance program. Next month, the Tiny
Tappers and other dancers that are enrolled in the spring session will
perform on stage at the year-end recital at Town Hall Theatre.