Many of the dances featured seasoned young performers, while others shined a light on new beginners. Either way, the concert demonstrated just how much the children learned during the six week intensive session with classes all day, five days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm for the little ones; and from 1 pm to 8 pm for the teens and young adults.
This year’s summer session included a few new things; a drum line marching band class that taught LWDT’s young boys how to play drums in the style dramatized in the film, Drum Line. The boys got to take fitness and sports classes and they learned how to make web pages and how to make their own movies.
But, they also had to learn to tap dance and to partner with girls — something they found to be not as unpleasant as they might have originally thought.
The students also got their first taste of Middle Eastern dance and they loved it. They also got to perform in two theatrical plays and in an excerpts from Donald McKayle’s classic 1951 work, “Games.”
One of the young boys portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a stage play by Eric Mesiyah McGinnis. The young man was exceptionally strong as King.
The students danced their hearts out before a full house of cheering family and friends who loved every minute of what they saw.