As Light Up Night is set to take over downtown Elkin Dec. 4, be on the lookout for a group of young kids on center stage.
Roughly 275 students ages 2 to 18 at Rhythm on Main Dance & Gymnastics are preparing for a performance at Light Up Night in Elkin on Dec. 4 beginning at 5 p.m. Rhythm on Main Dance & Gymnastics opened on East Main Street in Elkin in 2010, and since then, has grown into one of the premier dance studios in the Yadkin Valley. Director and owner Will Shover as been involved in dance essentially since birth, studying at the former Dance Upstairs while his parents owned a dance studio. Shover is relieved to see how much the program has grown.
“It’s honestly something I never thought I would do, but now I can’t imagine doing anything else,” Shover said. “You’re watching them grow, and they all grow at different paces, and you’re watching so many different things happen in every class.”
Rhythm on Main offers weekly classes which work with all levels of dancers, from beginner to the competition team. It is separated by skill levels and age, but on Light Up Night, Rhythm on Main will come together with ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, gymnastics, and lyrical performances from the entire group, including some teachers. In addition, they will give the audience a sneak peek of their Nutcracker performance, set for the following week at Elkin High School.
“I just love seeing people enjoy our dances. It means a lot to us,” Dobson’s Aubree Dobson said.
The dance studio is comprised of five instructors and two adult assistants, all with years of experience teaching, competing, or both. Jonesville’s Kayla Harrell has been an instructor at Rhythm on Main for the past four years, and she’s seen improvement from all dancers, including 10-year-old Hannah Slae, also from Jonesville.
“When you see them do something that they’ve been working on… to the point of exhaustion from doing it over and over and over, and they finally get it, to me, that’s the best thing ever,” Harrell said.
“You’re learning new things and making friends as you do it. You feel happy when you get to a goal, and we just want everyone [on the team] to get what they want,” Slae said.
In addition to the dancing, the lantern parade that leads up to the tree lighting ceremony will line up at Rhythm on Main. Light Up Night coordinators ask that those wishing to participate bring their own materials and decorate. As for the Nutcracker performance, that will be Dec. 12 in the Elkin High School Dixon Auditorium at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, and $10 at the door.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.