Dancing the day away at the Civic Center

Modern 3: Ashley Still lifts Rachel Lauf.

By Marti Lauf

The Red Lodge School of Dance 27th annual Spring Dance recital was held May 3- May 4.  The theme this year was Kaleidoscope and was one of the best shows produced by Pat Luptak, Elizabeth Prather, Susan Robbins, and Deon Stovall. The show was a swirl of amazing colorful costumes, lights and beautifully choreographed performances that flowed from one dance to the next.  It was easy to see the Kaleidoscope influence throughout the show.  
Dancers from pre-kindergarten to adults performed in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Break Dance and Belly Dance.  The show opened with an energetic boys break dance routine and ended with advanced dancers on pointe.  There was a special senior solo performed by Taylor Newman and a duet by Claire and Victoria Struck who will be moving to Georgia.  
Many hours of work went into transforming the Civic Center into a stage.  Marley flooring was brought in and taped meticulously together.  Curtains were hung from the ceiling and set up on the sides to create wings for dancers to be hidden before going “on stage” and to keep out light from the outer doors.  Lights were brought in from Billings DIA Events.  Sound was managed by Charlie Brandine, Spotlights by the Red Lodge Theatre Company and Concessions were outside by Debbie & Tom Gammon.  Pictures were taken by Merv Coleman, a DVD produced by Jay West, and a beautiful program was created by Lisa Neave.  A special thanks to the Red Lodge Police Department who helped to keep everyone who attended and performed safe.
Immediately following the last performance awards were given out to dancers and volunteers.  A new website for the school of dance was announced as www.redlodgeschoolofdance.wordpress.com.  Then the floor was untaped, rolled, curtain rods were taken apart and the process was reversed to return the Civic Center back to a gym for PE use.  The amount of work and effort to create this amazing show which was attended by well over 400 people each day was tremendous and expresses our towns strong dedication to the art of dance.  
It is clear to anyone who helped set up or tear down that the need for a dedicated Performing Arts Center is vital to our community.  A place to house our growing performing arts.  The dance studio had over 120 students this year.  The Red Lodge Public Schools Foundation was visible at the performance and handed out surveys for people to comment about the use of the Civic Center.  The Red Lodge Public Schools Foundation has been a strong advocate for a Performing Arts Center for several years.  Please do not hesitate to contact them to help our town get the space we need dedicated to the arts.