Local dance studios prepare for annual spring recitals

| Thursday, May 9, 2013, 12:06 a.m.

Some people hear music and their feet just have to start dancing.

This holds true for the local dance studios that will present spring recitals in the coming weeks.

Kathi's Dance Studio

Kathi's Dance Studio, 535 Baldwin St. in Bridgeville, will present its annual show May 21 at 7 p.m. at South Fayette High School. A limited enrollment allows for personal attention from owner Kathi Shuck, who teaches all of the classes with the help of several student assistants. Call 412-257-0465 for summer and fall registration information.

Thomas Studio

Thomas Studio of Performing Arts, 111 Washington Ave., Bridgeville, celebrates its 45th annual recital May 18 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and May 19 at 1 p.m. at West Allegheny High School and June 1 and 2 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School (preschool dancers only). Owned by Linda Thomas Spencer, the studio has a second location at 7053 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale. Between the two facilities, the faculty members teach nearly 900 students.

Summer classes begin in June, offering tots' camps and dance camps for preschoolers to teens.

Call 412-257-2000 for summer and fall registration information.

Legacy of Dance

Legacy of Dance, formerly Vella Dance Studio, 1810 Main St., Scott Township, teaches ballet, gymnastics, tap, jazz, baton, hip hop, creative movement, and “Mommy and Me” classes. The spring show is June 15 at 1 and 6 p.m. at Chartiers Valley High School. Call 412-221-3736 for fall registration.

Carnegie Performing Arts Center

Celebrating more than 33 years, the Carnegie Performing Arts Center, 150 East Main St., Carnegie, will showcase its students on June 1 at 8 p.m. and June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. Call 412-279-8887 for the next session's registration information.

Mansfield Conservatory West

Mansfield Conservatory West, 319 W. Main St., Carnegie, offers ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, core strengthening and sculpting, and several adult programs. It is presenting “Snow White & Friends...Not Just Another Fairy Tale” (an original work) on June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. Call 412-877-0046 for tickets and the next session's registration details.

Kyiv Ukrainian Dance School

The Kyiv Ukrainian Dance School will perform May 18 in Oakland at the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival. The school holds dance classes for children ranging in age from 4 to 13 at St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church Hall, 220 Mansfield Blvd., Carnegie. Their dance ensemble is composed of dancers from age 13 to adult. This ensemble will be performing “Generations” on Oct. 26 at the Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, Carnegie, along with the Gerdan Music Ensemble of DC and the Ukrainian Cultural Trust Choir.

Natalie Kapeluck is the dance ensemble's artistic director. Call 412-527-5359 for fall registration information.

Joy School of Dance

Joy School of Dance, 68 E. Crafton Ave., Crafton, will present its 59th show on June 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Chartiers Valley High School. Call 412-922-0907 for fall registration information.

Dance Time Studio

Dance Time Studio, 22 E. Crafton Ave., Crafton, has scheduled its 25th anniversary recital for June 2 at 3 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland.

Call 412-922-7575 for the next session's registration details.

Judy's School of Dance

Judy's School of Dance, Hillside Christian Community Gymnasium, 1050 Campbell's Run Road, Carnegie, held its recital Saturday. In business for 33 years, students showed off their skills in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tumbling and baton. Fall registration is under way. Call 412-882-7259 for details.

Resurrection Fitness

Resurrection Fitness, 140 E. Main St., Carnegie, has added body sculpting to its line of exercise classes. Sculpting combines cardio, weight training and core work. Classes are Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. Call 412-200-2422 to register.

Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or charlotte59@comcast.net.

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