Beauties, princesses and mermaids color Van Metre spring recital

When the Van Metre School of Dance held its spring show, it was bittersweet for director Amy Moore Morton. The seniors in the company both thrilled and saddened her.

“In my ‘Sleeping Beauty’ production,” said Morton, “I had my three seniors. Lena Pound was the Lilac Fairy. She is off to the U.S. Coast Guard. Caroline Anglim was Sleeping Beauty. She will be going to Maryville College next year. My third senior, Emily Hughes, was the Bluebird Princess. She is going to school at the University of Alabama.”

Morton said it is a wonderful experience to see the older dancers, especially the ones she’s taught from when they were 6 and 7 years old. “It’s bittersweet, knowing they are moving on. I’m tickled one of the three is staying at Maryville College and will continue to teach for me,” she said. “I always know I’ve given them something positive with their discipline and focus in dance. They traditionally go on to have great careers -- whether in dance or not. They’ve had a great background with their classical ballet.”

For the school, the spring recital was two productions. “Under the Sea” was the title of the jazz, tap and modern recital, while the ballet students did “Sleeping Beauty.”

Morton said both shows went very well. “We did ‘Under the Sea,’ which was basically like a story of the Little Mermaid. It was the theme for the jazz, tap and modern recital. For the ballet recital, we did ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Each year I do two recitals. Jazz, tap and modern are their own entity, and ballet students have their own recital. That way, parents don’t have to sit through a three or four hour production,” she said.

Morton was pleased with this year’s recitals. “We had a terrific response. Each show ran an hour and half, and all the students in the school performed,” she said.

Van Metre School of Dance, which is the official home of the Appalachian Ballet Company, has Princess Camp for young dancers ages 4 to 10 next week. “We’ll do tea parties and crafts and, of course, ballet and more ballet,” she said.

Van Metre School of Dance is now enrolling for the new school year. For information call 865-982-8463.

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