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Spring Showcase Costume Fees and Important Dates

    The following is important advanced information regarding the upcoming 30th Annual Spring Showcase that you should retain for future reference (the costume fee amounts, which are the same as the past several years, and the costume payment deadline date are IN GREEN immediately below because they are the most urgent at this time):

COSTUME FEES (costume fee payment final deadline date is Thursday, April 21 – EARLIER PAYMENT is most appreciated!!
Keep in mind you can now go online at and pay with your credit card through PAY PAL):
All PEOPLE IN MOTION Classes:  $49.50 plus shipping and sales tax = $59.50
Mon. 5:15, Wed. 3:15 and Wed. 5:00 “pinks”; Wed. 5:35 “whites”:
$39.50 plus shipping and sales tax = $47.50
Mon. 3:40 and Thurs. 8:35 Musical Theater: 
$37.50 plus shipping and sales tax = $44.50
Tues. 3:45 “For Boys Only”; All Hip Hop Classes: 
$29.50 plus shipping and sales tax = $34.50
Thurs. 3:50 Dance Team Prep:  rental of $14.50
Wed. 4:00 Youth Ballet, Wed. 7:40 Int. Ballet, Thurs. 7:35 Advanced Ballet:
rental of
All TAP CATS; Thurs. 3:50 Dance Team Prep:  No fee
Tues. 8:05 LEAPS & TURNS:  N/A

April 4-7 – Spring Showcase ticket order forms will be distributed in classes
Thursday, April 21 Costume fee payment deadline date and last date to submit ticket order form to ensure unlimited numbers of tickets
Monday, May 2 PHOTO DAY (detailed information will be handed out later)
Saturday morning, May 7 REHEARSAL at Middle School Auditorium (you need to attend rehearsal – detailed schedule will follow)
Saturday evening, May 7 Annual Spring Showcase at Kirksville Middle School Auditorium (Baldwin Auditorium on the Truman State
University campus is not available after mid-April for non-campus events)
Early Show for Mon. 5:15, Wed. 3:15 & Wed. 5:00 ‘Pinks”; Wed. 6:15 PIM 1 & Tues. 5:05 PIM 2 Classes; TAP CATS 1 Class;
and Tues. 5:50 Hippity Hop Class begins at 5:30 p.m (dancers arrive at 5:15 p.m.; doors open at 5:05 p.m.)
Later Show for all classes not specified in the Early Show immediately above begins at 7:30 p.m. (dancers arrive at7:15 p.m.;
doors open at 7:05 p.m.) – note: the Wed. 5:35 Int.-Adv. Pre-Dance Class is performing in the first half of the later show.
BOTH SHOWS for Mon. 8:00 PIM 7, Mon. 6:35 TAP CATS 4, Mon. 7:10 Adv. Hip Hop; Thurs. 8:35 Musical Theater Classes
(see arrival and performance times above)

All tickets to the performance will again be $5 (children age 3 and under are free; there is no limit to the number of tickets you can order if
your ticket order form is received by Thursday, April 21; after that date, there will be a limit based upon remaining availability)

Please be sure that your students get to all remaining classes to ensure they learn the dance(s) they are performing (if a student has
missed too many classes and does not know their dance(s), we would not want to put them in an uncomfortable performance situation).

Finally, I want to personally thank you for the commitment you have demonstrated to your students and the Studio throughout the year.  Our Studio truly has the best parents and a family atmosphere second to none

2015 Truman Homecoming Parade

We are entry #25 in the 2015 Truman Homecoming Parade this Saturday, October 10. 

28th Annual Winter Performance Saturday, January 31, 2015

THE DANCE STUDIO’S 28th Annual Winter Performance is this Saturday (Minis- at 5:30 p.m., main show at 7:30 p.m.) and will feature some of the most fantastic dancing ever performed by local dancers, including TAP CATS 4’s “Sing, Sing, Sing!



PEOPLE IN MOTION DANCERS Highlight of the Truman Homecoming Parade

PEOPLE IN MOTION DANCERS Highlight of the Truman Homecoming Parade.  The People In Motion Dancers, ages 6 to 18, rocked the Truman State University Homecoming Parade.  Once again, parade officials called our dancers one of the real highlights of the 2014 parade.


ALICIA HUNSAKER selected as 2014 Kirksville High School Homecoming Queen

ALICIA HUNSAKER, student at THE DANCE STUDIO for the past 14 years (since her first class as a 4-year-old “pink”) was selected as 2014 Kirksville High School Homecoming Queen.  Congratulations to all of this year’s Homecoming Court, including Lara Benson, also a long-time student at THE DANCE STUDIO.  Read about Alicia’s dance achievements and goals at the KIRKSVILLE DAILY EXPRESS.


THE DANCE STUDIO’S PEOPLE IN MOTION DANCERS brought the house down in their halftime performances at the Harlem Wizards vs. Kirksville Tigers Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, October 4.


Five Dance Studio Students Participate in KC Ballet’s Dancer for a Day

On August 7, 2014, five Dance Studio Dancers traveled to Kansas City to participate in the Kansas City Ballet’s Dancer for a Day program.

The students were able to do the following:

  • Took a dance class with Dance Studio alumna Miss Skyler Taylor as our teacher and Mrs. Linda Martin as our pianist
  • Saw the Kansas City Ballet professional company dancers taking a ballet class (they are very talented, wonderful dancers!)
  • Read a story, Dance Away, by George Shannon and then learned the rabbit’s dance from the story. We also made the story more exciting by adding music (East St. Louis Toodle—oo by Steely Dan) and instrument sounds.
  • Choreographed our own dance steps for “waking up” music (Marcia funebre from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn), “joyful” music (Overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn), “angry” music (Ritual Fire Dance by de Falla) and “grouchy” music (Capriccio Brillante on the Jota Aragonesa by Glinka.
  • Took a tour of the Bolender Center and explored the costume shop where we saw costumes for many different dancers and characters and also learned about the kinds of shoes that dancers wear

Popular Summer Dance Camps/Intensives set for July 29-August 2

imageFor more than two decades more than a thousand student enrollments have occurred for our popular Summer Dance Camps/Intensives. For more informatuon and to enroll online, go to Schedules/Registration

Marcia Taylor Honored at this Year’s 75th Anniversary Miss Missouri Pageant


Marcia is pictured here in her Miss Missouri crown

Marcia shown in a recent picture with a young dance student

Director/Principal Instructor Marcia Taylor was honored at this year’s 75th Anniversary Miss Missouri Pageant. Marcia is a former Miss Missouri and Grand Talent Winner as a jazz dancer at the Miss America Pageant preliminary competition

The Dance Studio of Kirksville Shines at Worlds of Fun Festival of Dance

For the seventh consecutive year students from our Studio won the most first place and overall awards at the 2014 WOF Festival of Dance in which more than 300 dancers from throughout the Midwest competed. Our award winners were as follows:

Winner of Age 6-under Group Ballet
Winner of Age 7-9 Group Ballet
Winner of Age 7-9 Group Jazz
Winner of Age 13-15 Group Jazz
2nd Place Age 6-under Tap
2nd Place Age 7-9 Jazz
2nd Place Age 10-12 Open
3rd Place Age 10-12 Jazz