Posted: Jun 22, 2012 7:21 PM by Erin Schermele (email@example.com)
Updated: Jun 22, 2012 7:23 PM
Sixty students from across the region spent time in Great Falls this week learning what it takes to become a professional dancer.
The dance clinic is part of the annual Summer Dance Study hosted by Miss Linda's School of Dance.
One of the participants, Baylie Skawinske, said, "My ultimate goal would be to become a dancer, to do that as a job because that would be the best job in the world just to dance all day."
Instructor Dale Merrill of Chapman University noted, "What I'm trying to teach the kids is that we're performing, and not just exercising. Sometime you get that really stern, 'Oh you gotta try really hard,' but it's not just exercising...it's an art form"
Merrill says he was impressed with with dedication and talent coming out of the classroom: "You've got some great teachers here in Great Falls, and it doesn't really matter where you are in the country, good dance is good dance, and its really fun to see that Great Falls has so many good dancers here."