By Angela McLaughlin - Ramona Home Journal Thu, Jun 28, 2018 Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance has served the
By Angela McLaughlin – Ramona Home Journal
Thu, Jun 28, 2018
Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance has served the community for more than 30 years, providing community members the opportunity to learn and immerse themselves in the art of dance. This year, the studio plans to host its 31st annual recital on June 30. More than 300 students will be performing, from beginners as young as age five, all the way to adult dancers.
“They have been working hard all year and are excited to present a jam-packed day of dance,” says RJAD director Kristi Griffin.
Dancers will perform in a variety of categories, including ballet, pointe, tap, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, acro, American Sign Language, ballet folklorico and musical theater. There will also be performances by 64 award-winning competition teams.
“We have more than 115 dances,” says Griffin. “A highlight of our recitals are our Daddy/Daughter dance, the Performing Group, and our Teacher Dance.” The Daddy/Daughter dance was inspired by Griffin’s younger brother, who passed away in 2008, and started with just five daughters with their dads. It has grown over the years to become one of the most popular attractions at the recital.
As a long-established studio, RJAD has received several awards, including the State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition in honor of best dance studio in Ramona; a proclamation presented by Supervisor Dianne Jacob declaring Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance Day in San Diego County; and Disneyland’s “Most Spirited” studio at the Summer Dance Classic. It has also earned multiple regional and national dance competition awards, such as Grand Champion, Top Studio, Top Choreographer, Sportsmanship, Most Entertaining and Outstanding Technique, among others.
“Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance’s competition program gives dancers the opportunity to experience a team environment while making memories that will last a lifetime,” says Griffin. “Our program teaches kids about hard work, dedication, self respect, being a team player, responsibility, and the love of dance!”
Outside of the annual recital, students have the opportunity to participate in four to six regional and national competitions in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Griffin invites the public to come support the dancers’ hard work at their upcoming recital.
“This is our largest performance of the year,” says Griffin. “It’s going to be a fun show!”
Showtimes are at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road. Tickets may be purchased at the studio at 1530 Main St. Call 760-789-1711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.ramonadance.com for details.
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Poway Center for the Performing Arts
15498 Espola Rd.