Dance school holds annual recital after year off

Posted 6/15/21

As dancer Peyton Hamilton walked off the stage, she felt something she had never experienced before. Previously too timid to perform in front of live audiences, Hamilton had just completed a routine …

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Dance school holds annual recital after year off

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As dancer Peyton Hamilton walked off the stage, she felt something she had never experienced before. Previously too timid to perform in front of live audiences, Hamilton had just completed a routine in front of a packed crowd — and she did it well. 

Noticing Hamilton sitting with her eyes shut tight, Victoria’s School of Dance instructor Victoria Danovsky asked what she was doing. 

“I can’t ever forget what that feeling was like,” Hamilton said. 

From an instructor’s perspective, seeing such joy from a dancer meant Danovsky did a good job.

“After so many years of buildup, it was surreal how amazing she [Hamilton] felt,” Danovsky said. 

Hamilton and 49 other Victoria’s School of Dance students from age 3 to 18 performed at “The Greatest Show” recital on June 5. Dancers performed a variety of different styles, with 47 different numbers in total. Some of the styles included tap, jazz, ballet and modern contemporary.

The recital was canceled a year ago because of COVID-19, and Danovsky described being able to hold the event after a two-year hiatus as “surreal.”

“It was really exciting to have a live audience and have the theaters open up and have that show for the kids,” she said. “The show ran really smoothly and the dancers didn’t miss a beat.”

In her 31 years of teaching, Danovsky pointed to the recital as one of the most impressive showcases. She emphasized the leadership of her older students to guide the younger ones while also praising the enthusiasm from the young group.

Once all of the numbers had been completed, patrons responded with a standing ovation. 

“It was just fabulous,” Danovsky said. “It was beyond my expectations and a fun, family evening of entertainment for our community.”

For most of the dancers, the 2020-21 season is now complete, but a handful will head south to Nashville, Tennessee, in July to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. There, Victoria’s School of Dance will host three shows. 

The next season will begin in August, when the school will begin registering fall dancers. Danovsky hopes the successful recital exposed more people in the community to the craft. 

“It’s just a great thing that we have a community program for the kids aside from sports where kids can express themselves in dance and music,” the instructor said. 

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