RANGELEY – The students of the Lakeside Dance Academy will present two evenings of dance at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, at the Rangeley Lakes Regional School gym. More than 30 dancers ranging in ability from beginner to advanced will perform dances in tap, jazz, ballet and en pointe, all to the biggest popular music hits of this year.

Sarah Schrader, senior at the Rangeley school, will be featured in a solo lyric ballet dance. Schrader has been dancing with the academy for more than 10 years. She is working with Pam Ellis, academy artistic director, to choreograph and stage her senior solo piece.

The evening will open with the company performing a hip-hop piece to “Let’s Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas. The Jazz I class will follow, including Jenney Abbott, Ellie Brooks, Chantal Carrier, Emily Carrier, Danielle Dutile and Allie Hammond, dancing to “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard.

Next up will be Rachel Freihoff-Lewin and Pam Ellis offering a fast paced tap dance to “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5.

The youngest dancers, including Seve DeRaps, Maddison Egan, Casco Haley, Tara Kase, Blayke Morin, Allison Stewart and Shannon Wahlstrom, will dance to “Everytime” by Britney Spears.

The pointe class, including Chelsea Bachelder, Raina Eustis, Rachel Freihoff-Lewin, Kelsey Linnell, Katie Rodway and Sarah Simonds, will present a sophisticated dance to “Falling” by Alicia Keyes.

The middle level ballet class, including Abigail Abbott, Carolynne Aronson, Ellen Brooks, Emily Carrier, Chelsea Dresser, Danielle Dutile, Emma Enman, Tala Ferguson, Brianna Hall, Alanna Lauter, Morgan Rodway and Sophie Wentworth, will dance to “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot.

Avril Lavigne’s “Nobodys Home” is the inspiration for the Jazz II class that includes Chelsea Bachelder, Bethany Durgin, Raina Eustis, Rachel Freihoff-Lewin, Rhea Golub, Kelsey Linnell and Katie Rodway.

The evening will end with the advanced ballet class, including Chelsea Bachelder, Rachel Freihoff-Lewin, Allie Hammond, Kelsey Linnell, Katie Rodway, Sarah Schrader, and Sarah Simonds, performing to “The Reason” by Hoobastank.

Several parents and volunteers will help behind the scenes, including Christa Gacki as costumes mistress, Larry Sherrer as lighting technician and Beth Flynn as reception coordinator.

There will be a reception to honor the work of the young dancers after the conclusion of the concert on both nights. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students 12-17, children 6 and under, free. For more information, call 864-2556.


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