It was rainbows, songs and tapping toes at Dance Camp this past week. Little dancers expressed their excitement by smiling and learning new moves. Fabulous Feet Dance Company held its annual Dance Camp August 10-14 for students ages 3 and up. Dancers enjoyed a Rainbow themed week of dancing, bible verses and singing.
McHargue explained this year’s camp, stating, “I was just delighted with camp this year! Our theme was Rainbows and the kids were very receptive to learning Bible verses about the creation of the rainbow, where and when it appears in the sky as well as in heaven. They had classes in Ballet, tap and jazz dance and also some wonderful theatre and dance.”
This year, the camp goers enjoyed learning from guest teacher Logan Edris. Owner and Dance Instructor Rhonda Woods-McHargue stated, “We had an awesome week learning where the rainbow came from and what it means. Each class learned bible verses and various levels of dance.”
Riley Watson, of Monroe City, a dance student at Fabulous Feet served as the assistant during the week of camp.
Edris, is a graduate from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Edris is visiting the community while waiting for theatre to pick back up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Edris shared his talents of tap and dance throughout the week with students. Edris most recently played Shrek in Shrek the Musical at the Welk Resort in Branson and Sonny in Rocketboys the Musical at Theatre West Virginia in Beaver, West Virginia. McHargue explained, “Logan had reached out to me asking if he could come help at the studio and we are super glad to have him. He is talented in singing, dance and theatre.” McHargue shared, “My special guest teacher, Logan Edris. He was a great teacher and proved to be what all professional showmen should be. A triple threat performer. Many thanks to him for doing camp with us and I certainly hope to have him in for special classes in the future.”
On Friday, August 14, the camp held a performance for all the students to have a chance to show off all their new dance moves. They each wore t-shirts decorated with rainbows on them. Each student had decorated their shirt earlier in the week at camp.
McHargue started the performance promptly at 11 a.m. with a prayer before each of the classes gave performances in dance, tap and singing. There were some first-year students, along with long-time attendees, who were challenged to expand their dance instruction. Edris shared, “I wanted to encourage them with a routine that would be both challenging and increase their abilities.” Students answered questions, read scripture they had learned and demonstrated their new dance moves for all to see.
After the performances, the students and their families enjoyed lunch and celebrated the week with a rainbow piñata. The girls each took turns trying to break it open to retrieve their sweet treats.