Dance Emporium students move at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002

A standing room only crowd gathered last week at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at KCHS for the Dance Emporium's 9th annual recital, "Move, Dance, and be Born."

The free performance included a wide variety of classical dance, lyrical, jazz, and ballet, and featured dancers that ranged in age from eleven to thirty something.

Unlike a typical dance recital, "Move, Dance, and Be Born," was a well-choreographed performance that moved along more like a musical theatre presentation that you would expect to see in New York or San Francisco. Rick Langley, instructor and owner, of the Dance Emporium located at the Blazy Mall in Soldotna, has been teaching in Alaska for nine years. Langley was a professional dancer before moving to Alaska from the New Orleans area, "I had never taught before moving to Alaska to tell you the truth, I did a lot of musical theatre, but to be a dancer and a teacher is a challenging combination. These kids have worked really hard for the last nine years and it has really paid off. It's been very rewarding working with them and watching them achieve the moves that I brought up here from where I'm from," said Langley.

A parent of one Langley's students commented, "Rick teaches the dancer to feel the music first before he ever choreographs a step." The show Move, Dance, and Be Born, was a visual and musical delight that can be described in one word, "Awesome!"

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