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Expressions set to “Dance Through the Decades”

Expressions will preform dance recital on April 30th and May 1st. (Gabrielle Redcay/Snapper)

Gabrielle Redcay

Staff Writer

Expressions will preform dance recital on April 30th and May 1st. (Gabrielle Redcay/Snapper)
Expressions Dance  will perform on April 30 and May 1. (Gabrielle Redcay/Snapper)

On Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, Manheim Township High School will be hosting Expressions Dance as they put on their 2016 Spring Recital and celebrate their 12th year of dance. A student-run organization boasting 80 members, Expressions offers 13 weekly classes in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and hip hop, among other styles.

Students lead through an executive board and as dance teachers, with the goal of providing their peers with a non-competitive outlet to further their dance education. The group encourages any interested Millersville student to audition, either for the purpose of revisiting a past hobby or of learning a new skill.

For Rachel Dawson, co-president of Expressions, the dance program at Millersville allowed her to continue a lifelong interest, a key consideration during her college search. Expressions not only fulfilled that desire, but also helped her meet friends and cope with the stresses of college. Dawson adds, “This organization has allowed me to grow as a person and as a dancer.”

The Spring Recital, in addition to the one held in the winter, presents an opportunity for the students involved in Expressions to showcase the time and effort put forth throughout the semester.

This semester’s theme is “Dancing Through the Decades,” and will consist of a compilation of dances choreographed to popular songs from the 1970s to present day. Millersville’s Expressions Dance invites fellow students and the general public to enjoy their Spring Recital on April 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on May 1st from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m..

Supporters can arrive approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled start time when the doors open at Manheim Township High School (115 Blue Streak Boulevard, Lancaster, PA). For Millersville students, along with any student in grade school through college (with a valid ID), seniors (60+), and Millersville Alumni, tickets cost only $3 and are sold at the door. Adult tickets are $5 and children under six can attend the recital for free. Come support your friends and peers as they celebrate their semester-long efforts by “Dancing Through the Decades.”