March 22, 2014

Final performance for senior dancers

This year, 11 “sisters in dance” will perform together for the last time.

Senior dancers Kathryn Harbin, Marion Hawkins, Lauren Hooie, Katherine Marcadis, Maddie Mitchell, Kate Orr, Chandler Renz, Kristi Russell, Susannah Tighe, Ashley Yarbrough and Genesis Zelaya are featured in the Dalton Dance Company March concert, “Sole Sisters.” They will perform a special dance titled “This Little Light of Mine” as they share their talents and love of dance with each other and the audience.

The final performance of “Sole Sisters” is today at 2 p.m. in the Dalton High School theater. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be available at the door.

Kathryn Harbin, daughter of Suzanne Harbin, attends Dalton High School and plans to continue her education at Georgia Tech where she will major in biomedical engineering. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and is also involved in chorus, FBCD Youth and tennis. “I have loved getting to grow and learn with this amazing group of young women,” Harbin said. “My dance family has become such a blessing in my life.”

Marion Hawkins, who also attends DHS, has danced for 15 years and said, “March concert is filled with many special memories. It has let me grow so much as a performer and a dancer. It has helped make me who I am.” She is the daughter of Amanda and Tim Hawkins, and in addition to dance, she participates in band and drama. Hawkins will attend Georgia College and State University in the fall.

Lauren Hooie, another DHS student and daughter of Suzanne and Sherrel Hooie, has danced for 15 years. She is also active in her youth group and works at Southern Accessories and Accents. She plans to attend Auburn University to major in journalism. She said, “Over the years some of my favorite memories have been made backstage in all the chaos and laughter.”

Katherine Marcadis, daughter of Dr. Daniel and Bridget Marcadis, will graduate from Dalton High School and continue her education at the University of West Georgia. She has been dancing since the age of 2 and also enjoys tennis and the Presbyterian Youth Group. Katherine says her highlight of dance will be dancing with her sister in the special dance “My Sister, My Friend” this year.

Maddie Mitchell attends DHS and plans to major in nursing at the University of West Georgia this fall. She has danced for 14 years and said, “The best part of the concert is dancing with my sister and my best friends. I will never forget my experiences at the Dance Theatre of Dalton and I will miss it so much!” She is the daughter of David Mitchell, and in addition to dance, she enjoys running and drawing.

Kate Orr is active in drama and chorus at Dalton High School and will attend the University of Georgia. She is the daughter of Laura and Mark Orr and has danced for 14 years. She said, “I will always remember spending my childhood, awkward preteens, and high school years will such an amazing group of girls. They are my sisters and I will keep their memories in my heart.”

Chandler Renz, daughter of Patti and Doug Renz, attends Dalton High School and plans to continue her education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she will major in interior design. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and also enjoys tennis, guitar and outdoor activities with family and friends. “I will always love and miss my dance family,” Renz said. “The teachers are not only great teachers, but friends and idols who have taught me and loved me throughout all my life.”

Kristi Russell is a student at Christian Heritage School and the daughter of Joni and Randy Russell. She has danced for 12 years and works at the Dance Theatre of Dalton. She also enjoys art and traveling, and is a member of the Rock Bridge Youth Group. She said, “I have loved choreographing my own weird pieces over the years. I believe adding my own creativity to the performances has made me a better dancer. I’m so sad to say it’s almost over!”

Susannah Tighe, who attends Dalton High School, has danced for 15 years and said, “I cannot believe this is my last performance with Dalton Dance Company. I have been dancing since I was 3, and it is a huge part of my life. I will miss my dance sisters and our supportive teachers that pour their hearts into us. I can’t wait to dance my heart out in my last March concert.” She is the daughter of John Tighe and Allyson and James Coker, and in addition to dance, she participates in Rock Bridge Youth and works at the Dance Theatre of Dalton. Tighe will major in fashion merchandising at the University of Georgia this fall.

Ashley Yarbrough, daughter of Stephanie and Chris Yarbrough, will graduate from Dalton High School and continue her education at Auburn University where she plans to major in industrial engineering and minor in dance. She has been dancing for 10 years and works as a dance assistant at Dance Theatre of Dalton and is a member of First Baptist Church and several school clubs. Yarbrough said, “As a little girl, I used to watch the older dancers in amazement. Growing up, my dreams of becoming a dancer in the sparkling costumes became a reality. As I exited the stage at a recent performance, a young girl peered up at me and asked me if I was a princess. It was an indescribable feeling to have my dream come true as I set the foundation of the same dream for another little girl. I cannot be more thankful for all my family, friends and dance family that have supported me over the years. Being my last performance with the Dance Theatre of Dalton, I will ‘Praise his name with dancing’ (Psalm 149:3).”    

Genesis Zelaya is the daughter of Lilian Zelaya and has danced for five years. She is also active in the DHS band and her church dance group. She plans to be a pre-veterinarian major and dance minor after graduation from Dalton High School. She said, “I enjoyed dancing all five years because it was my passion. I appreciate Mrs. Long and Dalton Arts Project for making it possible for me.”

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