Rocky Mountain Dance presents annual recital |

Rocky Mountain Dance presents annual recital

Nicole Inglis

Dancers Shannon Ragan, right, and Brittany Stark rehearse "The Lion King" number for the Rocky Mountain Dance Studio's spring show, which will take place this weekend at the Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium. The shows will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and tickets can be purchased at the door.

— At age 3 or 4, they shuffle across the stage like ducklings in pink tights and ballet slippers, as dreams of ballerina stardom come to fruition under the lights at their first dance recital.

In elementary school, they begin to come into their own, developing goals and dreams, which, as high schoolers, they begin to put into action.

Such is the journey that Rocky Mountain Dance owner Karin Comeau witnesses as she watches her dancers grow up before her eyes.

"I want to keep them dancing for the rest of their lives," Comeau said as she hugged a teenage student who now helps teach a younger dance class. "It's just such a joy."

Rocky Mountain Dance's annual recital is this weekend, featuring 150 local youths ages 3 to 18.

The shows are at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children and are available at the door.

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The first half of the show features the area's tiniest dancers in a segment called "The Toy Maker's Daughter." The second half is a glitter extravaganza with dancers age 7 and older, called "Can't Stop Dancing."

At dress rehearsal for the second act Tuesday evening, 12-year-old Mariah Walker announced that her dance, set to "I Like to Move It," had the best costumes.

She said she loves hanging out with her friends at dance class and letting her emotions out on the stage.

"You can show off what you've got," Mariah said about her love of dance.

"You really have to know how to count," added 9-year-old Mariam Worster.

Mariam said the audience can expect to see some jazz and hip-hop dancing and a little bit of ballet in their five-person dance, a high-energy number complete with bright, glittery dresses.

"And we hope they see some smiles, too," Mariah added.

Abigail Wiedel, 13, who dances in a piece that combines a song from "The Lion King" and a Miley Cyrus track, started ballet dancing when she was 3.

Now in a hip-hop class, Abigail said she wants to be a choreographer when she gets older.

"I just thought it was really fun," she said about hip-hop. "The music just connects with you and you just go along with it.

"You get to let a lot of things out. It's very artistic and creative, and it's fun just hanging out with your friends."

Both Abigail and fellow dancer Julia Gibbs, 11, said they want to keep dancing through high school with the Dance Showcase, an annual concert directed, produced and choreographed by high school students.

Although this weekend's concert is something her students work toward for six months, it's also a moment Comeau cherishes: She just wants all of her students to have their ballerina moment.

"It's a sparkly evening for them," she said.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email

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