The grace, elegance, athleticism and self-expression of dance took center stage during Wednesday’s High Noon on the Square event on the Potter County Courthouse lawn.
Dozens of Lone Star Dance Academy dancers possessing varied levels of experience delivered a vast array of stirring performances, ranging from group offerings to solo renderings – all with the overarching goal of demonstrating passion for the craft.
“I’m very proud of them,” Vicki McLean, the Lone Star Ballet’s Artistic and Academy director said. “A lot of them have grown up with me the last few years and it’s very nice to see them dancing and working to become these consummate artists – choreographing their own pieces and learning so many routines quickly and efficiently. It’s a great thing to see them be so amazing.”
Officials said the dancers have been working with noted Hip Hop choreographer and artist Brandon J, who is renown in dance circles for his abiding love for the performing arts and ability to inspire young people with his work ethic, creativity and energy.
“We had two days to put this together and the dancers did a wonderful job, combining this routine with the other things they have been doing,” he said while introducing a dance number to the audience. “We wanted to give you all a bit of old school 90s Hip Hop, with the music and the moves. We wanted to tap the energy of the 90s and these dancers did a great job of grasping all of the concepts.”
Lone Star Ballet officials said with Amarillo being the anchor, Academies have been established in Borger, Dumas, Dalhart, Hereford, Panhandle and Plainview, offering ballet / pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. They noted in addition to preparing those who have a desire to pursue a career in dance, the Academies also provide quality training for those who may not wish to entertain those pursuits, but gain the poise, confidence, discipline and fundamental life skills comprised within the structure of dance.
“Our mission is to take dance to as many young people as possible,” McLean said. “We want the students to experience the movement, music and comradery. Sometimes they surprise me with their choreography and choices of music. They don’t limit themselves and that’s wonderful to see. Dance is a silent art. We do and say everything with our bodies. So I am delighted when they make statements with what they’re doing.”
Those in attendance were equally impressed with what they saw.
“I always look forward to each High Noon on the Square performance and these young people were absolutely amazing,” Sarah Abbott, who works with a downtown Amarillo accounting firm, said. “It takes a lot of fortitude to go before a crowd and not only perform, but excel within the framework of that performance. They treated us to a great show.”
Alex Yates, who joined family and friends for the Wednesday outing, echoed Abbott’s sentiments.
“All of the elements that make for a great outdoor lunch came together today,” he said. “The weather was super, the atmosphere outstanding and the entertainment was off the charts. I salute the Lone Star Ballet and their terrific young dancers for capping off a super afternoon.”