RISE creates a Grand Hotel at the PAC

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Photo by Ralph Stewart

The young dancers of RISE Vineyard Performing Arts turned the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center stage into a Grand Hotel last weekend for their seventh annual year-end recital. On Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, more than 100 RISE students, aged three to 17, and eight staff members presented a culmination of the ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and acrobatic pieces they had been working on since September, 2013. Under the Grand Hotel theme, dance numbers included “Concierge” to Disney’s “Be Our Guest,” “The Grand Boutique” to Madonna’s “Material Girl,” and “Dog Walkers” to “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men.

RISE director Jil Matrisciano described the three-hour long shows as a “huge community effort” in which staff, students, and parents worked together to guarantee the success of the performances. “I think this year was a really nice example of kids who have made dance their thing,” Ms. Matrisciano said. “Some have been dancing with us since they were three, and we’re really starting to see their progression and technique.”

RISE offers dance education to children, teens, and adults year round. The RISE summer program will begin on July 7. For more information, visit risevpa.com.