Shirley McPhail School of Dance held their first ever virtual recital the weekends of June 20th & 27th. It was so important to the entire faculty that the dancers had the opportunity to showcase the skills and technique they acquired throughout the year, and we wanted to celebrate all their hard work! There were so many moving parts when it came to taking on this new challenge, but after numerous drive-thru costume pick up days and zoom links later….we pulled it off thanks to our “Zoom Queen” Miss Kristin!
Dancers got ready in their costumes, hair, and make-up and performed in their homes. Some dancers even created tickets and assigned seating in their “home theater.” Some of our older dancers took part in recital in small groups in-studio in their own “socially distant” square. Each class had a 15-minute time slot for their show. There were friends and family in the “audience” tuning in via zoom from all over the country! One of our jazz dances “Let’s Get Loud” had over 120 zoom participants watching! Another dancer moved to Mexico right before virtual recital, so she danced from her new home, and we had one of our graduating seniors performing from a cabin in Maine. Dancers who participated were also recognized individually after their dance where they received a special certificate and award.
Our dance studio is very lucky to have so many amazing families who supported us and danced through quarantine 2020! Everyone, including our faculty, has been adaptable, flexible, and willing to learn new technology. We are incredibly proud of all our SMSD dancers who made the best out of this situation. Although this was not the 50th anniversary celebration we envisioned, it was a truly special way to close out the season.
To view virtual recital photos CLICK HERE!