Dancing through Oz

Van Metre School of Dance travels to Oz, Jungle

As school winds down, it’s time to celebrate what has been learned -- not just in the academic classroom, but in other arenas as well. Parents, friends and teachers got a look at what has been taught and learned at Van Metre School of Dance this year when the school filled South Doyle High School auditorium for two performances.

The students presented performances based on “The Jungle Book” and “The Wizard of Oz.” The shows highlighted all the students in the school as well as showcased the different types of dance taught at Van Metre.

Amy Moore Morton is the owner of Van Metre School of Dance, having purchased it from its founder, Cheryl Van Metre. In addition to the school, Morton is the artistic director of Appalachian Ballet Company. She has been active in dance for more than 20 years and is a dancer, teacher and choreographer in addition to her role as artistic director.

The school teaches the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus and offers ballet, pointe, tap, Jazz, Modern, Kinderdance and Creative Movement. The Spring Recital always features full backdrops and costuming, weaving the dance numbers among a story line familiar and popular with children. This year, “The Jungle Book” highlighted the more modern dance styles while “The Wizard of Oz” featured more classical ballet and pointe numbers.

Special summer programs are held following the spring recital at the end of the school year. Call the studio at 865-982-8463 for information about classes and/or summer camps.

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