Frech dancers celebrate 35 years at recital this weekend

NORWICH – Teaching the art of dance is still gratifying for studio owner and principal choreographer/teacher Donna Frech, even after 35 years.

“To think back to all of the kids that have walked through the doors is a gratifying feeling, but it’s amazing to me that I’ve done this this long and that I still love to do it,” Frech commented during an interview in conjunction with the Donna Frech School of Dance recitals that begin on Friday. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

It’s bound to be an anniversary to remember. Titled “Blast from the Past,” the Donna Frech School of Dance senior performances on Friday and Saturday nights feature a routine by 25 alumni who are returning for the celebration. Those who live too far away and can’t make it to rehearsals will be recognized on stage during the finale.

A grandmother herself, Frech said seeing former students grown up and showing off their own future dancers makes the years fly by even faster. “Seeing the second generation doesn’t seem possible,” she said.

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