Steppin’ Up

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: May. 29 | Modified: Jun. 8
Steppin’ Up

High Country Dance Studio students Kirra Laws, Macie Keller, Abby Utter, Marley Forrester, Delia Forrester, Gretchin Turbyfill, Sean Carothers, Camryn Norris and Macie Keller are among the nearly 125 performers in the upcoming End of Year Show.
Photos by Kristin Espinosa | Elias Photography



Performers from the High Country Dance Studio are dancing for a cause.

With the local studio’s End of the Year Show set for Saturday, June 7, one week before Relay For Life, the dancers are footing the cost of admission for area cancer survivors.

“Our show will be a celebration of life, of beautiful futures, of fighters who gave their all against a brutal disease and those who took it on and won,” High Country Dance Studio marketing coordinator Amy Forrester said.

The performance will feature nearly 125 dancers of all ages.

“We start at 3 with creative movement class, and we have dancers all the way up into their 60s and 70s,” Forrester said. “That’s the beautiful thing about our studio. It’s really equal stage time regardless of age or skill level — everyone gets to showcase their skills.”

The End of Year Show will showcase a variety of dance styles, including clogging, lyrical dance, jazz, hip-hop and more. The studio’s gospel singing group, Shining Light, will also make its performance debut.

And when that performance takes place in a venue as sizable as Appalachian State University’s Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, the dancers have even more reason to put their best foot forward.

“Getting the opportunity to be on the Schaefer Center stage is a huge confidence boost for the kids, and when the community comes out to support them, it makes them feel like all their hard work has been worth it,” Forrester said.

That work includes not only dancing, but community philanthropy, as dancers regularly participate in benefits for area charities, Forrester said.

“Our studio and our dancers really feel a sense of community here,” Forrester said. “This offers an opportunity to showcase that, as well, while recognizing other members of the community who give their time and talents to help others.”

The High Country Dance Studio End of Year Show will take place Saturday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, located at 733 Rivers St. on the ASU campus. Tickets cost $10 in advance or day of the show at the Schaefer Center box office, and children 3 and younger will be admitted free. Cancer survivors will also be admitted free, and those interested should reserve a seat by emailing (hcdsprogram@gmail.com) or calling (828) 773-0017.

For more information on High Country Dance Studio, visit http://www.highcountrydancestudio.com.

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High Country Dance Studio students Kirra Laws, Macie Keller, Abby Utter, Marley Forrester, Delia Forrester, Gretchin Turbyfill, Sean Carothers, Camryn Norris and Macie Keller are among the nearly 125 performers in the upcoming End of Year Show.
Photos by Kristin Espinosa | Elias Photography

High Country Dance Studio’s End of Yer Show is set to include performances by the company’s numerous students, including Caroline Hodges, Cassidy Johnson, Leah Hampton, Peyton Walton, Maddey Street, Kathryn Hayes, Abby Marlett, Chelsi Hodges, Allison Turbyfill, Abby Utter, Macie Keller, Tori Lentz, Lilly Fairbanks, Gretchin Turbyfill, Camryn Norris, Delia Forrester and Lilly Coggins.

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