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By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

Students learn to dance

 

Stephanie Thompson

Sophee Beardsley ties her shoe before getting back up to practice her new dance moves.

The entryway and gym of Truman Elementary School were packed with children learning moves to a new dance.

Most of the students were wearing neon blue, yellow or pink T-shirts with the word "dance" on them.

The students, mostly girls, were listening intently to their instructors who are members of the Green River High School Wolf Pack Dance Team.

Debi Kovick, wolf pack dance coach, said this is the second year the dance team has hosted a camp for kids.

Parent volunteer Melissa Skinner, who is also a teacher, said she had girls who attended the dance camp last year asking about it before they even scheduled the camp.

Kovick said it's not only a way for her dance team to be involved in the community, but a way for young children to get introduced to dance.

Kovick said one big change was they decided to host the camp during the Make-A-Wish fundraising weeks so they can donate half of their proceeds from registration fee to the cause.

During the class, the participants were divided into groups based on age, four years to 13 years old.

They were all learning a 2-minute dance routine to the song "Can't stop the feeling" by Justin Timberlake. Most of the kids knew the song from the movie Trolls.

After three hours of practice Saturday morning, with a small break for a snack, the girls and a couple of boys, performed for their parents at 11:30 a.m.

They also performed during halftime at the junior varsity girls basketball in Green River Tuesday.

Kovick said the participants at the dance camp were really having a great time learning from the high school dance team.

"I think they look up to the high school girls. It's a chance to get to know the high school girls," Kovick said. "They kind of admire them."

The girls love being role models to possible future dancers.

The high school dancers were enjoying some relaxing time before they head to state.

The camp had a wide range of participants. From those who had never danced to those who have danced before.

"I think some of them are in dance classes already," Kovick said.

Regardless of experience or not, the kids attending the camp seemed to be having a good time.

 

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