Dance studios spring into recital season

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Pittsburgh's dance studios have plenty to celebrate as they begin their annual recital season. It can be "Just Dance" at Dance Showcase or "The Power of Dance" at Janet's Dance Studio, while Wilkins School Community Center will forge a bond in "United We Dance."

Others are celebrating anniversaries, including 20 years at Arena's Performing Arts Centre; 25 years at Michele's Dance Center, Cynthia's School of Dance and Stephanie Lopez's Movements in Dance; and 35 years at Lisa DiGorio School of Dance.

Viewers of the Lifetime network's reality TV show "Dance Moms" noted the passing of Abby Lee Miller's mother. Ms. Miller will commemorate her life in "The Story of Maryen Lorrain: One for the History Books." Meanwhile, Karen Prunzik's Broadway Dance Studio will honor longtime entertainment icons Shirley Temple and Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" in "Broadway & Beyond."

Some are just making their debuts on the recital scene, such as Kelsey's Dance & Fitness and Allegro Ballet, run by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal dancer Nurlan Abougaliev and wife Aygul, a former member of the company.

The Abougalievs demonstrate PBT's growing influence in the area, including former soloist Jean Gedeon's Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, which will feature George Balanchine's "Western Symphony" and "Dance of the Hours"; former soloist Elizabeth Mackin's Wexford Dance Academy, which will bring in noted student ballet choreographer Maris Battaglia from the Chautauqua Institution; Lindsay and Steven Piper's Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh, with highlights from "Coppelia" and New York City Ballet artistic director Peter Martins' "Eight Easy Pieces"; and former principal dancer Kwang-suk Choi's Pittsburgh Ballet House.

Dance Workshop by Shari is expanding in another way when it collects nonperishable food items for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank during its recital, "Dance Out Loud." These students, who also have been raising money for Children's Hospital Free Care Fund the past 10 years, find unity in the community, a noteworthy movement in itself.


Thursday-Saturday: Chartiers Valley High School performing arts department, Chartiers Valley High School, 412-429-3712.

Friday-Saturday: Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Bethel Park High School Theater, 724-969-6000 or

Saturday: Sandra Lynn's School of Dance, Palace Theatre, Greensburg, 412-287-0515 or

May 16-18: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Pre-Professional Showcase, George Rowland White Performance Studio at Point Park University, Downtown, 412-281-6727 or

May 17: Allegro Ballet, Father Ryan Arts Center, McKees Rocks, 412-931-6220 or

May 17: The Dance Company for the Performing Arts, West Mifflin Area High School, 412-672-2200 or

May 17: Dance Showcase (Reserve and Marzolf School Dance), Shaler Area Middle School, 412-860-7764 or

May 17: Kelsey's Dance & Fitness, Dorseyville Middle School, O'Hara, 412-443-4883 or

May 17-18: The Butler Center for the Performing Arts Children's Show, Succop Theater at Butler County Community College, 724-283-5182 or

May 17-18: The Thomas Studio of Performing Arts, West Allegheny High School, Imperial, 412-257-2000 or

May 23: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Byham Theater, Downtown, 412-456-6666 or

May 24: Shaler Area Performing Arts, Shaler Area Middle School, 724-994-0685 or

May 24-25: Amie's Dance Academy, Woodland Hills Junior High School, 412-823-3188.

May 24-25: Ultimate Dance Complex, Baldwin High School, 724-820-1814 or

May 30-31: Dance Showcase (Jeffrey School Dance), Shaler Area High School, 412-512-1187 or

May 31: Lisa DiGorio School of Dance, Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 412-650-9986 or

May 31-June 1: Carnegie Performing Arts Center, Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, Carnegie, 412-279-8887 or

May 31-June 1: Dance Workshop by Shari, Upper St. Clair High School, 412-884-5099 or

May 31-June 1: The Thomas Studio of Performing Arts (preschool-age dancers only), Chartiers Valley Intermediate School, 412-257-2000 or


June 1: Movements in Dance, Grafton High School, West Virginia, 1-304-288-3081.

June 1: Wexford Dance Academy, Shady Side Academy, Fox Chapel, 724-934-9233 or

June 6: Dance Factory, Jeannette Senior High School, 724-527-6190 or

June 6-7: Karen Prunzik's Broadway Dance Studio, Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, Carnegie, 412-920-1841 or

June 6-7: Pittsburgh Ballet House, Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, Jackson, 724-772-3399 or

June 7: Bodiography Center for Movement, Byham Theater, Downtown, 412-521-6094 or

June 7: Dance Factory, Jeannette Senior High School, 724-527-6190 or

June 7: Ideal Dance, Scotus Hall, Mt. Alvernia, 412-782-3623 or

June 7: Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts, Norwin High School, 412-856-7713 or

June 7: Wilkins School Community Center, McKeesport Area High School, 412-829-5467 or

June 8: The Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh, Shady Side Academy, Fox Chapel, 412-344-3900 or

June 8-9: Ken and Jean Dance Studio, Gateway High School, Monroeville, 412-823-2753 or

June 8 and 14: Kickline Dance Center, Baldwin High School, 724-941-9839 or

June 12: Elite Dance by Damian, Ross Elementary School, 724-779-1880 or

June 12: Evolving Artists Dance Studio, Chartiers Houston High School, 724-503-4541 or

June 13: Mary Ann & Company Dance Studio, West Mifflin Area High School, 412-461-7229 or

June 13-14: Starlight Dance Academy, Deer Lakes High School, West Deer, 412-767-0400 or

June 14: Arena's Performing Arts Centre, Cornell High School, Coraopolis, 412-264-9925 or

June 14: Laurel Ballet, The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, 724-837-7776 or

June 17: The Butler Center for the Performing Arts Pre-Professional Concert, Associated Artists, Butler, 724-283-5182 or

June 18-19: Pittsburgh Pro Performance Centre, West Allegheny High School, 724-695-8890 or

June 19-21: Michele's Dance Center, Shady Side Academy's Hillman Center for Performing Arts, Fox Chapel, 412-366-4134 or

June 21: The Academy of Dance by Lori, Upper St. Clair High School, 412-851-1422 or

June 21-22: Janet's Dance Studio, Norwin Middle School, 724-863-8727 or

June 27-28: Abby Lee Dance Company/Reign Dance Productions, Shady Side Academy, Fox Chapel, 412-795-6234 or

June 29: Cynthia's School of Dance and Music, Carson Middle School, McCandless, 412-367-3330 or

Former Post-Gazette critic Jane Vranish can be reached at

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