WHEATLAND – The teachers and students at Dance Wyoming prepare all year for the annual Spring Fling to showcase the skills they have mastered in dance.
Linda Fabian owns the studio located in downtown Wheatland on Gilchrist and has been presenting shows for 15 years and the studio continues to grow with more students and teachers every season.
Melody Morford grew up tapping under the direction of Stephani Madsen and when Madsen retired last year, Morford took over as the instructor for the Tap 2 class.
“There’s definitely more pressure as a teacher than a performer, you have a lot more responsibility. As a student all I had to do was show up for class and memorize the choreography, but as a teacher I had to find music, costumes, figure out the choreography and then go through the procee of making sure the costumes fit and anything we needed for the recital was ready on time,” Morford explained. “I don’t think I realized as a student that the teachers do most of that stuff on their own time and how frustrating it can be at times. So It was an adjustment and a learning experience, but a good one for sure.”
Additional new teachers this year include Intro-to-Ballet teacher Jessica Schreiner, Irish dance teacher Molly Cundall and Tap I teacher Amie Dzwiogo.
Dancers that stay with the studio until they graduate receive a scholarship from the Joe Fabian Memorial Scholarship fund. This year’s recipients were Sage Henderson, Bailey Benson and Claire Peasley.
The studio offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and Irish for all ages and abilities. There will also be a summer dance program held this summer for younger children taught by Schreiner and Dzwiogo. For more information call (307) 331-5284.