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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Janice Center has a lot to 'show' for

By: Photo by Karabella photography
Peyton Stevenson leads the Intermediate Ballet class in a tribute to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
The Janice Center concluded its busy Winter-Spring semester with two recitals and an end-of-the year pre-school show. All totaled, there were 125 dance, music and pre-school students and more than 500 attendees at the three performances.
The curtains opened on Sunday, June 9 with the Spring Dance Recital. The 81 student-dancers performed 17 numbers to the enjoyment of approximately 400 attendees at the Sullivan West High School auditorium.
For the first time, ballet and hip hop routines were intermixed as Janice Center co-owner and dance director Tanya Cohen -- in a nod to the 50-year Woodstock Anniversary -- choreographed the entire program to popular music from the past half century.
Among the highlights was a crowd-joining rendition of YMCA by the Hip Hop Maroon class (6 and 7-year-olds) and a beautifully-orchestrated collaboration of ballet and hip hop to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

But the most anticipated dance of the program was the parents-grandparents lively take on the 1984 classic “Footloose.” Twenty-one brave and enthusiastic parents/grandparents impressed their children and the appreciative audience with some old and new moves.
“When you're on the stage and see all the kids clapping, laughing, cheering and just getting a kick out of their parents on stage, it's such a rush,” said Ken Cohen, one of the parent participants and Janice Center co-owner. “We try to include parents in every recital and it seems like each year participation grows and grows. The kids love it. Now we have some students volunteering their parents without them even knowing!”
On Tuesday, June 18, students at The Janice Center's Stepping Tones Pre-School put on their End-of-the Year/Graduation Show. The kids danced, sang and played instruments to their favorite songs including Trot Ole Joe, Skunk on the Loose, John the Rabbit, Shoo-fly and Down By the Bay. About 45 parents, relatives and friends attended.
Finally, on Wednesday, June 19, instrumental and voice students played to a jam-packed room at The Janice Center. Among the instruments featured were piano and trumpet.
The Janice Center's Summer program has already started with our special Summer Lesson Series, which offers six instrumental/voice lessons to new students for $150. Also on tap are three daylong workshops: Rock Band on July 22; Hip Hop on July 23 and Musical Theater on August 15. For ages 0-4, there will be a Music Together session starting July 1 and for ages 4-8, a Kids Yoga class will also be starting July 1. Both the Music Together and Kids Yoga sessions will be held over a three-week span on July 1, 2, 8, 11, 15 and 18.
For more information on any of the Janice Center's programs, call 482-3324 or visit

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