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Heart & Sole Dance Recital showcases talent

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Move over, Annie - Haliegh Patterson, Chloe Shear, and Rylie Bainbridge recently performed at the Heart & Sole dance recital to a song from the Broadway hit "Annie" called '"You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile." Photo by Nancy Nelson
Libby Peterson, a sophomore at Washington High School in Cherokee probably never dreamed that her love for dance would take her to dance instructor and young entrepreneur at the age of 15.

But that is where she found herself last Friday night as she presented the first dance recital for the students of her dance studio called Heart & Sole Dance at the Cherokee Community Center.

She opened the recital with many thanks to all her students' hard work and effort, all the dance moms and, of course, the ultimate dance mom, her mom, Karen Peterson. Karen has helped Libby operate the business end of her dance studio, leaving her to concentrate on teaching her 40 students for the last year.

Coppelia - Kennadie Klein performs a piece called 'Coppelia' to showcase her ballet talents at the Heart & Sole dance recital recently held at the Cherokee Community Center. Photo by Nancy Nelson
Libby began her studio last year at the encouragement of her mom and fellow dance student moms and Jane Miller, owner of the Kountry Klass Mall where the dance studio is located in Cherokee.

Her success is contributed to her own talent, positive attitude, and patience with little kids, supportive dance moms and her family. The name, Heart & Sole, was creatively thought of by one of Peterson's dance student's grandmother, Marilyn Domino.

The successful recital showcased all the skills and dance moves the students worked on throughout the year from ballet, tap, lyrical and interpretive, to the basics of moving together as a group and to the rhythm of the music.

Moving together - This group of cute young dancers performed to 'My Favorite Things' using the techniques taught to them at Heart & Sole dance studio. Photo by Nancy Nelson
In all there were 35 performances, including groups, pairs, and solos. The performances were enthusiastic, adorable, and just plain fun for the stars of the show.

Peterson has her students to thank, saying that they all worked very hard to make the recital possible. She has enjoyed teaching each and every one of them. She adds that their smiles and giggles make it all worthwhile.

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