An evening of dance with Sopris Elementary |

An evening of dance with Sopris Elementary

English and Carter, both passionate about dance and the performing arts, along with others in the community, made it possible for more than 150 students at Sopris Elementary to bop, clap and hip hop their way on to the stage Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.

High Performance Dance Theatre, a professional dance troupe out of Fort Collins, presented the show, which was called “Reflections.” The program, which was educational in nature, featured each grade performing a reflection of their school experience.

The kindergartners imitated their first day of school through movement to the music of New Edition.

First-graders reflected on learning how to read, and performed a story with music by the Jackson 5, while second-graders danced out a math problem to the music of the Lemonheads.

Third-graders focused on facial reflections to the sounds of the band Outkast.

The fourth-graders dressed as cowboys and performed a boot scootin’ line dance.

The fifth-graders learned about urban dance choreography and performed the most challenging routine which was set to MC Hammer’s fast-paced funky song “Can’t Touch This.”

After intermission, much to the amusement of his students, Sopris Elementary principal Howard Jay bravely took to the stage and danced a few measures to the music of the Beastie Boys. Later he said, “We are invested in the entire child. The future looks bright.”

And even though dancing dreams of Britney and Justin might be a ways off, there are 150 adroit dancers at Sopris ready to offer some student teaching to their favorite principal.

Fifth-graders, from left, Clara Miller, 11, Taylor Nicola, 10, Cari Barber, 11, Anna Gauldin, 11, and Peyton Heitzman, 10, liked learning the hardest dance since this is their last year at Sopris.

The Hurtado family of Glenwood, clockwise from back, Josue is in second grade, Zurami is in fifth grade, Josue Sr., and Fanny, who is holding Jazmin, who is four months old.

Third-graders, from left, Asaf Olivas, 8, Zach Jammaron, 8, Brenden Heitzman, 9.

Sabrina Piot, left, is in second grade, Nicole Gray is a social service case manager, and her daughter, Courtney Gray, is in second grade.

From left, AJ Anderson, 9, is in third grade, Mats Rosen, 8, is in third grade, Michael McGraw, 10, is in fourth grade and Lucas Santana, 10, is in fourth grade.

From left, Ally Tapp, 9, is in third grade, Shae Mollica, 10, is in fourth grade and Alicia Herr, 9, is in fourth grade.

Fourth-graders, from left, Michelle Thrun, McKenzie Hill and Lexie Warkentin performed a country line dance. Warkentin plans to pursue more dance classes.

From left, Cathy Tuttle watched her daughter, Jessica, who is in kindergarten; Colleen Dollahan watched her daughter, Quincy, also a kindergartner; Sherrie Setterberg watched her daughter, Carly Rose, a first-grader; and Diane Kruse watched her daughter, Abby, who is in kindergarten.

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