Dancing front and center

Thursday, December 14, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:09 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008
BY Vannah Shaw


From left, Maaya Kambe, Daniela Garcia-Prada and Saaya Kambe wait for the music to come on for the Center Stage recital at Memorial Union. The Sunday recital included jazz, hip-hop, ballet and pom/cheer performances.

(Photos by SARA DEBOLD/Missourian)

MU Center Stage held its end-of-the-year recital Sunday at Memorial Union. Many parents and other supporters came to cheer on their little dancers.

Center Stage, an MU organization of volunteers, teaches dance to students who may not have the opportunity to learn otherwise. Rehearsals and lessons are taught on the MU campus. The group is open to students from kindergarten through ninth grade and targets schools with a high number of students on free and reduced lunch.

“I was pretty excited about being able to dance and at the same time helping kids,” said Amy Russell, the group’s vice president.

Information about the group can be found online at www.mizzoucenterstage.org.


Arseniy Llin, left, and Renata Williams perform a jazz routine at the Center Stage end-of-the-year recital.

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