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Dance recital makes for a family reunion

For Sarah and Allison Evans, asking them if they like to dance is like asking if they like to breathe. And by that yardstick, this weekend will be one long-awaited breath of fresh air for them both.Tonight and tomorrow night, the pair will appear in two of the four upcoming shows this weekend being put on by the Glenwood Dance Academy.Their mother, who co-owns the Academy and worked on the recitals’ choreography, couldn’t be happier.”It’s just so rewarding for me to see this happening,” said Claire Evans. “I never thought it would happen, for them to come back and dance together. It’s been just great.”Sarah, 28, and Allison, 26, performed together frequently as children, Claire said, but after high school the pair drifted apart and into other interests.Though Sarah worked for several years as a professional dancer with the Aspen Valley Company, she said the constant criticism and pressure of the dancing world inevitably left her burnt out and ready for a change. She left the company in 2000 to go to college in Boulder, where she eventually earned a degree in philosophy.Allison moved to Texas after finishing high school, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and dance from the University of Texas at Austin. Then she moved to New York City to pursue an acting career, and while there, took courses at Steps, a renowned school of tap dancing that has trained countless Broadway musical dancers.Both are now living in Denver. Sarah now teaches English through the Denver Public School system, and Allison is working toward becoming a drama instructor.Dancing, however, is a kind of family touchstone for all three of the Evans women.”Dance is one of those things that I have a gift at, that most people don’t possess,” said Sarah.”It’s in my blood,” said Claire, who signed the girls up to start training when Sarah was 4 years old and Allison was 2.Tonight and Saturday night, Sarah and Allison appear together in the climax of the Glenwood Dance Academy’s Spring Recital, in a piece originally by Bob Fosse, a famous dance choreographer known for his 1979 musical “All That Jazz.”Claire picked the Fosse piece because it’s “perfect for both of them.”The piece plays to both their strengths, Claire explained. While Sarah can “do it all,” Allison’s concentration was always more in tap dancing and jazz.The rest of the recital is going to be comprised of six ballet variations, one modern dance piece, a mixture of ballet and modern, three pieces entitled “She’s All That,” and then finally the Fosse climax.There will also be two matinees held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, which are going to be dance versions of the Disney story “The Lion King.”The recital is on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the high school. The Lion King matinees will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission for the evening recital is $15 for adults and $12 for children. For the matinees, admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children.


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