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DanceWorks performers play to full house

Dancers from Summer’s DanceWorks perform during the annual finale recital, “Seasons of Dance” at the Yavapai College Performance Hall in Prescott Friday night. (Photos by Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier)

Dancers from Summer’s DanceWorks perform during the annual finale recital, “Seasons of Dance” at the Yavapai College Performance Hall in Prescott Friday night. (Photos by Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier)

The seasons were expressed through the power of dance on Friday, May 29, with Summer's DanceWorks performing its annual end-o- season show at the Yavapai College performing arts center, with an encore performance on Saturday, May 30. Performing for a packed audience, "Seasons of Dance" featured solo dances as well as involvement by studio graduates.

Instructor and studio owner Summer Hinton said that it was unbelievable that the show drew in a completely full house, stating it was the biggest crowd she's ever had.

"I was very excited to hear the news, it was so awesome," Hinton said. "I was happy for the dancers, it's nice to have a full house."

Quite a few of the show's dances included the involvement of studio graduates, one of whom was Alexandra Bates. Bates said she has been dancing since she was 11 years old and going so far as to perform on Broadway and dancing her way to first place in the Nationals in Chicago.

Bates said she loves performing and pleasing people, stating that it makes her happy to look in the audience and see people smiling. And when she's on stage, Bates said that she feels such a different energy than during rehearsing.

"It's electrifying," she said. "There's so much power."

Bates also said that some of the dance she had learned that day, adding that when she's performing them, she simply "blanks out" and lets her "body do the moves."

Another feature of the show included solo dancers, one of whom was Taylor Lopez, who has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She's now 13.

Lopez said that she's continued dancing all those years because of the fun she has doing it. She also spoke of what it's like performing a solo dance.

"You suck the audience into the palm of your hand," she said.

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