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Thursday, August 22, 2019


Janice Center “raps” up 2018 on busy note

By: Photo by the Janice Center
Emilia Tomasulo strums her guitar to Jingle Bells during The Stepping Tones Pre-School Holiday Show on December 17.
The Janice Center celebrated the end of its Fall programming and the holiday season with two recitals, one show and a special Christmas Music Together program. In total, there were more than 100 dance, music and pre-school students that participated in the holiday-themed shows and recitals during a six-day span in December.
On Sunday, December 16, the Ballet and Hip-Hop Dance recital ushered in the show season at The Villa Roma's Club Forum nightclub. The 60 dancers performed 14 numbers to the delight of approximately 250 attendees at the Villa Roma Club Forum nightclub. The annual recital is typically a festive event and choreographer/Janice Center co-owner Tanya Cohen always comes up with a new wrinkle or two.
“I felt it may have been one of the best recitals in our 10-year history,” said Cohen.
“The dancers were sharp, precise and in sync - everything you work for in group dance routines.”
This year, in the ballet portion of the recital, Cohen included Shannon McCormick, a young lady with special needs who has been working privately at The Janice Center for more than a year. Guided by Gabby Cohen and flanked by all the other ballet groups, Shannon was amazing. What a memorable routine.
And the Parent-Child dance drew the biggest applause of the afternoon. More than 20 moms, dads, grandmothers and aunts joined their kids on stage and grooved to Let's Groove.
The following day on December 17, students at The Janice Center's Stepping Tones Pre-School put on their Holiday Show. The kids danced, sang and played instruments to a variety of holiday songs, including Dominick the Donkey, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Up on the Housetop and Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel. About 45 parents, relatives and friends attended.
That night, instrumental and voice students played to a packed room at The Janice Center. Among the instruments featured were guitar, piano and trumpet.
Finally, on Saturday, December 22, The Janice Center debuted a special Christmas Music Together program including all holiday favorites. Thirty children and parents/grandparents/relatives enjoyed a full slate of Music Together activities including instrument playing, Limbo, parachute, drums, dancing and tunnel. The morning concluded with a visit from Santa Claus who gave each child a Music Together egg shaker.
The Janice Center's Winter-Spring programming has already started with a new session of Music Together (it's not too late to join). Getting started at the end of January is Hip-Hop stunting followed by the regular session of Hip- Hop. Ballet begins on February 16 and Kidnastics on March 1.
For more information on any of the Janice Center's programs, call 482-3324 or visit

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