For the past week, the bandshell at Thomas Owens Park in Two Harbors has been filled with plies, pique turns and pirouettes as the students of Sterling Dance prepare for their annual performance in the park.
"Love Wins" is the theme of the recital, which will feature dancers ages 2-85 in a variety of styles of dance, including ballet, pointe, Pilates, jazz and tap.
Head instructor Renee Moe is also celebrating 25 years of Sterling Dance. She started the dance school in Grand Marais in 1994 and taught there for 15 years. In 2009, she moved back to her native town of Two Harbors and brought dance with her. She teaches multiple days a week in the Masonic Lodge with fellow instructors Erin and Nikolaus Wourms.
This year's performance is also of note because it will likely be the last in the old bandshell. There are plans in the works to replace the old bandshell with a new performing arts center. Moe, who serves on the board, said she expects the project to break ground this fall.
All of the dancers have been participating in weekly classes for at least a few months. Some of Moe's former students are expected to return to perform or attend the celebration as well.
The Sterling Dance performance will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, If it rains, the performance will be rescheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.