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Showstoppers take the stage

The Showstoppers, including Miss Senior Alabama Frankie Cashion, Coquette Barnes and Barbara Johnson, practice their dance to Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me.”

By KATIE STEWART

Over the squeals of kids at the Children’s Dance Foundation, a slight tap-tap-tap can be heard in the background.

Peaking around the hallway, you’ll see women of all ages tap dancing. They are the Showstoppers.

The ladies tap dance group has been meeting for over a decade, never stopping to slow down.

“I look forward to every Wednesday when I get to dance my heart out,” Barbara Johnson said. “It’s by far my favorite day of the week.”

The dance group has been recognized nationally. A Miss Senior Alabama winner came from their classes, and they have been asked to perform annually at the Miss Senior America pageant.

Class teacher Rita Childers has been with them for every step of the journey.
“It has been an absolutely amazing experience,” Childers said. “These ladies are fantastic and have so much energy. They deserve all the recognition they are given.” Continue reading

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A community of dance: Children’s Dance Foundation

By Susan Sutton

Children's Dance Foundation students

CDF students Grace Elliott, Abby Logue, Emily Kachelhofer, Alex Ferguson and Kendall Ferguson.

At first glance, the Children’s Dance Foundation seems like a regular dance studio offering ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, student ensemble, drama and musical theatre for all ages and abilities.

But beyond the brisk movement of ballet shoes and the sound of live musical accompanists lies an artistic spirit at the 36-year-old dance foundation that inspires and connects many local children and families.

Take for example the excitement of one 6-year-old resident of Grace House Ministry, a Christian home for girls from crisis backgrounds, who regularly attends classes at the Children’s Dance Foundation. “Even when class is over, she still dances around the classroom by herself,” said Arlene Godwin, education coordinator at Grace House.

The 6 year old and other girls from the Grace House visit the Children’s Dance Foundation each week to blend in with kids from traditional homes and to learn to dance and act and to have opportunities like other kids their age.  “We like this partnership because it’s an opportunity for us to expose our kids to cultural activities that many have not had before,” Godwin said.

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