Kicking off spring

Hip hop dance will be part of Sunday’s big performance

MARSHALL – New lyrical and hip hop dance classes, along with fathers and daughters performing to a medley about America’s pastime will grace the dance floor on Sunday.

The Marshall Just for Kix program is presenting its spring show “Trained in the USA” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the R/A Facility at Southwest Minnesota State University.

The show will feature dancers from age 3 to seniors in high school.

“We have 26 performances,” said Marshall JFK director Melissa Gile.

One of the new sessions offered this year was a Wee Hip Hop class for dancers in grades 2-4. Gile said 21 dancers took part in the class.

“It’s for them to be able to learn a different style of dance than they currently do,” Gile said. For the show, the Wee Hip Hop team is dancing to “Going Down For Real.”

Just for Kix dancers Brielle Ritter and Brynn Paulson were happy to see Wee Hip Hop as a class.

“I was really excited, hip hop is one of my favorite dances, and whenever I see it performed I really like the movements in it,” Ritter said.

“I just like dance a lot, I love dance,” Paulson said. She said she wanted to try something new because she’s never been in hip hop before. “I think it’s fun, (there’s) girls from different ages I get to meet, and it’s just fun.”

Gile said there was also an Elite Lyrical class offered this session.

“It’s a more advanced lyrical style,” Gile said. There were tryouts for the team, and eight girls made it, Gile said. The dancers are in grades 8-12.

The Elite Lyrical team danced to “Believe” and competed at Sauk Rapids and Rochester, Giles said, earning second and third place, respectively.

“They went up against some really tough competition,” Gile said. “They did really well for as young as they are.”

A dozen father-daughter duos are performing to a “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” themed dance, Gile said.

“They actually get a little challenge with the dance,” Gile said of the father-daughter dance. The number consists of a few dance formations and kicks, Gile said.

The show includes three solo performances, one by senior Emily Harmening, and two competition pieces by Jahkaya Bennett and Jaya Sullivan.

In going along with the theme of the show, Gile said the younger dancers are performing to American-themed songs, while the competition teams will present what they did this season.