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They could have danced all night

Solon Dynamite dance team hosts Dance Spectacular 2015
Students from area preschools, including Lakeview, All Aboard Daycare, Play & Learn Preschool and Solon Learning Academy, prepare for a glowing performance during the Dance Spectacular 2015 event hosted by Solon’s high school dance team Feb. 13. Preschoolers through fourth graders are annually invited to learn a routine from Solon High School’s dance team and perform in a large group at a public venue. (photo by Lori Lindner)

SOLON– Solon Dynamite is the bomb.
The high school dance team of six hosted the group’s annual Dance Spectacular on Friday, Feb. 13, in the high school gym. As is tradition, Solon invited other dance troupes from the area to share the spotlight, including a team from Solon Middle School, preschool through sixth grade dancers who lit up the night with a glow stick routine, and individual members who presented solo numbers in a variety of dance styles. Dance teams from Williamsburg, Grinnell and Dance Arts Iowa also performed routines for the packed house.
Each year, the lineup changes a bit, said Solon dance coach Maggie Lane.
“We were pleased to have Grinnell and Williamsburg return to our show,” said Lane. “Solon has become friends with several high school teams through summer camps. The dancers not only enjoy having them be a part of our celebration, but visiting their schools is a great way to close our season.”
Noticeably absent this year were the frilly tutus and giant hair bows typical of the very young dance set; Just for Kix, a North Liberty-based program that catered to beginning dancers up to competitive teams, closed last spring.
“In May 2014, I received word that Just For Kix North Liberty would be closing its doors. It’s instructors where not able to continue, as replacements were not found,” Lane said. “Knowing that would make a big difference in our show format, I invited several dance studios from around the area. I’m pleased Dance Arts Iowa replied to my message. This year they brought one group of young ladies who performed very well. Dance Arts Iowa and I hope we can arrange more of their classes to perform at future shows.”
Dance Arts Iowa is a studio offering ballet, pointe, jazz, pom and drill, tap and Irish dance, located in the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon.
Different dance forms demand learning a huge range of techniques unique to each style. Dancers often train in a number of different forms and may find one particular kind of dance that suits them well, but they have to be well-rehearsed as a unit.
“This year’s team focused on building a strong technique base for returning and new members along with trying new challenging moves and combinations,” said Lane. “Solon dancers are strong at turn sequences, precise, sharp arm motions and showmanship. These components play well with many dance styles but closely relate to jazz and pom.”
Lane’s dancers might have training from different schools and instructors, but it’s when they perform as a team where they really shine. Though they only number six, together they add up to one big, dynamic presence.
“I’m very proud of all the hard work these ladies put in toward each practice and performance. I think this team is so strong because they have bonded into a family. The dancers remember to have fun when dancing too,” said Lane.