Main Street Dance finishes season with record attendance at recitals

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DATE:              May 22, 2024

TO:                  Local Media Outlets

FROM:             Rebecca Houseman, City Manager

RE:                   Main Street Dance finishes season with record attendance at recitals

At the beginning of May, Main Street Dance Studio hosted its 2024 Dance recital, “Lost Dreams & Enchanted Journeys,” at the Young Auditorium on the UW-Whitewater campus. Students ages 3 to 18 participated in two recitals and a full day rehearsal during the first weekend in May.

The recital on Sunday told the stories of “Anastasia,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Peter Pan” through dance. Each story was non-stop dancing as one class would dance and exit as another class would enter. Seniors and teachers played the main characters in each story.

Emma Hendricks, Director of Main Street Dance Studio and eight other teachers taught various levels and ages throughout the 24 week school year session.  Jenna Arnold-Naggatz, Ella vanZanten (Senior), Sydney Ketterman (Senior), Ava Beyer (Senior), Jenna Gibbs, Lexi Rottmann, Reagan Schneider and Sonja Shinkay were the student teachers. 

There were over 1,600 family members and friends in the audience at the recitals Friday and Sunday. The show on Sunday saw an almost sell-out of the 1,250 seat Young Auditorium.

In total 550 costumes were worn by 308 dancers on stage, including 91 dads, who danced with their daughters during the show.

Brett Ketterman, Fort Atkinson Recreation Director thanked the families in attendance at each of the shows. “The dancers, teachers, directors and myself appreciate the support that was shown,” he said.

Ketterman also discussed what an honor it is for dads to dance with their daughters each year. This was Ketterman’s last year dancing with his daughter Sydney.

“Dads bonding with their dancer, bonding with other dads, it’s the thing I will miss the most, dancing with Sydney and the other dads I have been dancing with for 12 years. Thank you dads for making these dances special,” he said.

The mission of Main Street Dance Studio is to provide a dance experience for ages 3 to 18 at an affordable price. The studio, operated by Fort Atkinson Parks and Recreation Department, offers a variety of dance classes including ballet, tap, theatrical, pointe and hip hop. Classes are located at the Fort Atkinson Municipal Building. For more information on Main Street Dance Studio visit the Parks and Recreation website


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