Amber Perkins School of the Arts marks 10 years at recital

NORWICH – This weekend’s annual recital for the Amber Perkins School of the Arts marks the studio’s diamond anniversary, and promises to deliver what the community has come to expect over the last 10 years – the unexpected.

“Threshold” is the title of the four performances that will be held June 8-10 at the Norwich High School Auditorium. Senior dancers’ performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Junior performances are at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Perkins and her staff push the boundaries of visual excellence with the collection of pieces chosen for this year’s shows. Dances such as “Mount Everest” and “Underwater” defy expectations of the visual images choreography is able to create. The senior production number, “The Old New York,” lends a modern twist to the chills of 1950s-era McCarthyism and the adagio piece, “Film Noir,” celebrates the classic film style. The show offers a refreshing mix of lively and uplifting pieces as well, including an animated tap number called “Funky Music.”

“This has been an incredible year full remarkable accomplishments by all our students,” Perkins said. “It’s been an amazing ten years, and I can’t wait to see where we take things over the next ten years!”

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