Dancers from Green Mountain Performing Arts recently competed in a dance competition in Burlington as classes of all genres at the school of dance prepare for their spring recital on May 21.
The annual performance at Spruce Peak Performing Arts in Stowe will be the first in-person performance the dance school has done since 2019 and marks the school’s 10th anniversary. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 14, online.
The Take Centerstage Dance Challenge competition took place at the end of March in Burlington. It was the first time that the GMPA participated in this annual event and the dancers competed with a total of six dances.
“Although we went there with the idea of having fun, doing our best and being proud of what we achieved, the result of the experience was more than we could have asked for,” said said Jenna Companion, team instructor with Fiona Garufi. .
Over the weekend of competition, GMPA dancers won three grand prizes. The troupe’s dancers took 1st and 3rd place in the Teen Small Group Novice category and the Modern 4 dancers earned the overall score in the Novice category.
“The message we have continued to convey to our dancers as we prepare for this competition is that no matter how we rank/score, we are here to show them what we are doing and get feedback on our dancing. so that we can grow as dancers,” says Garufi.
Spring recital and summer camps
Dancing families can purchase tickets for spring recitals through April 13. Tickets will go on sale to the public on April 14. Price: adults, $20; seniors, $15; students, $10; live stream, $20. More information and a link to buy are online at greenmountainperformingarts.org.
Registration is also open for summer camps and courses. The camps have different weekly themes and feature a variety of dance styles including ballet, hip hop, Irish, Highland and modern. Fees are reduced until April 14.
Green Mountain Performing Arts is located in the Commercial Drive business park in Moretown, just outside of Waterbury. More information: greenmountainperformingarts.org