Sterling Dance students have gathered at the park three to five times a week throughout June to rehearse for an upcoming dance concert at the bandshell.
Dancers have worked with instructor Renee Moe as well as Nikolaus and Erin Wourms - professional dancers and teachers with Minneota Ballet - to perfect routines for a dance concert Saturday, June 30, at the bandshell.
Grand Rapids native Nikolaus Wourms is no stranger to Lake County after choreographing Lake Superior Community Theatre’s production of “West Side Story” in 2016.
Students Harper Powell and Isey Boo worked their way through a routine where they practiced pointing their toes and hitting the marks taped to the stage floor. Moe, watching from a picnic table in front of the bandshell, encouraged the girls to look out at the audience and smile.
Dancers ranged in age from 2 to 85, with Erin Wourms leading the youngest dancers through routines and others rehearsing duet and group performances for more than 50 dancers.
All of the dancers have been participating in weekly classes for at least a few months.
The Sterling Dance performance will begin at 6 p.m. If it rains, the performance will be rescheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, July 1.