Positively Dance hosting recital Sunday

Published 11:48 am Thursday, April 27, 2017

Members of the MKSOD’s Positively Dance team will present their Spring Showcase 2017 for friends, family and the community at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dowagiac Middle School Performing Arts Center. 

Organizers say the show is an exciting, family friendly performance that highlights all of the fresh new competition and performance dances from this season, organizers said.

Tickets for this show are general seating, and cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased in advance from any Positively Dance member or by visiting the MKSOD studio in Dowagiac. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Positively Dance is a local performance/competition group comprised of 45 dancers from the many communities in southwest Michigan. They are all students at MKSOD, which has studios in Niles, Dowagiac and Decatur. 

The competition team recently competed at DanZa Regionals in Detroit, taking home 31 first place awards, 20 second place awards, five third place awards, one fourth place award, and three Merit Awards. They also received several high score awards and special awards, as well as the honor of all soloist performers receiving STAR nominations to compete for the STAR title at nationals in July.

The team has been fundraising all season to for a trip to New York City in August. The team plans to take in the sights and also take dance workshops with a leading Broadway dancer, watch a Broadway show, and dance with the Rockettes, just to name a few activities.

From 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, MKSOD will host a Mother’s Day Breakfast fundraiser at the Dowagiac Moose Lodge. Breakfast will include pancakes and sausage, fruit and beverage for $7. Dancers will host will also be selling hanging flower baskets and baked goods to give moms a special treat.

As part of the school’s program that aims to expose dancers to all areas of the arts and humanities, the dance team will perform at Showcase of Talent at 1 p.m. on May 20 at Schoolcraft High School. This charity event helps raise money for a local family (selected each year) affected by cancer. 

Other organizations that benefit from this event are Cookies For Kids With Cancer, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Joseph’s Journey, which provides pads for g-tubes and belts for medically fragile children. This annual event is very special to Positively Dance and is supported by several area dance studios to help make a difference for these families, organizers said.