A day with Mary

Van Metre recital takes guests to Poppins' park

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By Sherri Gardner Howell
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Blount Today

They cavorted with penguins, marched with suffragettes and bounced around the rooftops with chimney sweeps.
On their toes.

The annual Van Metre School of Dance spring recital was a treat for the audience -- even those without precious loved ones on stage -- as Amy Moore Morton and her faculty brought to life a slice of London and a day in the park with Mary Poppins and Bert.

There were actually two themes to the late May performances, with Vacation Time on Friday night and Saturday matinee featuring the modern, tap and jazz dancers and Saturday night and Sunday matinee of A Day in the Park With Mary Poppins showcasing the ballet numbers.

The dancers, from the littlest penguin to the Perfect Nanny, were excellent. Bert, however, had the audience wondering just what Brittany Blum could possibly do next, so breathtaking was her performance as the agile chimney sweep. From her introduction to her rooftop dance to the grand finale, Brittany was full of energy, expertise and expression.

A graduating senior, she was one of a group of dancers who were performing their senior show, including Jennifer Cardwell, Julie Spalding, Mary Souder, Courtney Orr, Kendall Powell and Cynthia White.

Amy Moore Morton is owner and director of Van Metre School of Dance, located at 215 W. Broadway in Maryville. Having completed the school’s Summer Intensive Workshops last Friday, Amy is now turning her attention to Princess Ballet Camp, which will be Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the school. The camp is for 6 to 10 year old ballet students and includes ballet, jazz, modern dance classes, plus introduction to vocabulary and dance history -- all with a princess theme. A tea party, fashion show and princess performance for the parents are also included.

For more information about the school or the Princess Ballet Camp, call the school at 865-982-8463. Cost of Princess Camp is $195.

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