Fabulous Feet Dance Company hosted their 2021 Spring Concert at the Middle School Auditorium June 4-5. The concert showcased four senior dancers, along with a variety of performances and art from area youth ages 3-18 years old. Fabulous Feet Dance Company Owner and Instructor Rhonda Woods McHargue explained the success of the show, stating, “I was so pleased and felt very blessed with the shows, all three went great. I was so proud of all of the students. It is very rewarding to watch them year after year and see their growth in style and technique. I really work with them on stage presence, feeling what they are dancing and telling the story of their music. I loved what I saw in that area too. One of the most important things about theatre of any kind is connecting with your audience and bringing them joy. It is my prayer that the joy of the Lord showed through these students.”
The concert included three different performance times, with a Friday and Saturday night show with the older performers, and a Saturday matinee for the younger performers. The auditorium was filled with a lively audience who clapped their hands, tapped their feet and cheered to the beat, as each dancer and artist displayed their talents. The show included McHargue’s students who participate in a number of arts including: jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, drawing, painting and vocal. Performances included numbers performed by groups and solo’s.
This year McHargue had four senior dancers who were graduated the program after participating for the past 15 years, each starting instruction at the age of three. The dancers included Makenzie McMurdo, Rachel Hommert, Ashlynn Brocksmith and Payten Shively. Throughout the evening the four performed several numbers for the crowd.
McMurdo is the daughter of Wes and Tanya McMurdo. She explained being saddened that this was her last year with the Company, but is ready for the next chapter. McMurdo plans to attend Moberly Area Community College, then transfer to Mizzou to major in Psychology. She states, “I thank family, friends and God for getting me where I am today.”
Hommert is the daughter of Lori Kettlelkamp and Andy Hommert. She recently showed off her dancing, acting and singing skills in a Panther Player production. Taking what she has learned from participating in the Company for several years, Hommert appeared as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, wowing the audience with her talented performance. She plans to attend Quincy University furthering her talent in dance in music on a full ride scholarship earning the Virtuoso Music Scholarship.
Brocksmith is the daughter of Jenny Christy and Garrett Brocksmith. She plans to pursue a career in forensic nursing, but states, “I will always reflect back on the many memories from years at dance.” She was also involved in Spanish club, Science club, FFA, National Honor’s Society and currently works at BB’s.
Shively is the daughter of Brett and Dana Shively. She plans to attend Truman State University majoring in Health Sciences and hopes to pursue a career in nursing or pharmaceuticals.
The evening show including a few guest performances including vocalist Colby Shultz. Shultz is a graduate of Marion County R-II in Philadelphia and currently attends Quincy University, where he studies Music Education. Shultz appeared on stage with Hommert, as she danced and he sang, ending with a duet.
Another guest performance was McHargue’s grandson Sean, along with her student and great granddaughter and student Emery McHargue. Together the two sang an original song written by Sean titled “Gone.” The song was written while Sean was away from his family for 11 weeks at Fire School. Sean now lives in Hannibal and serves his community as a fireman.
Also included in the show was the winner of the 2021 Richard McHargue Dance Scholarship. This year’s winner went to Ellie Ferry, the daughter of Jeff and Kaitlynn Ferry. The recipient receiving this scholarship must have attended the Company for two years, have regular attendance and have a pleasant demeanor and attitude towards teachers and parents. The award includes a full year free for dance instruction. This is the third year for the scholarship, which is given in remembrance of McHargue’s late husband, who helped her build and create the Fabulous Feet Dance Company.
The concert ended with an emotional tribute to the senior dancers. McHargue presented each with a plaque, including a prayer for each one. McHargue stated, “Be released, be blessed, be free. Live and move as the Spirit breathes. As you go, go with God, go in peace.”
As McHargue looks to the future for the start of a new season in August she added, “We are a praying studio. We give all glory to God and He has blessed us mightily. I am looking forward to Dance Camp 2021. I have a special guest in the works, but cannot announce until confirmed. My heartfelt thanks to all parents and students and to our community for their love and support.”