Dance studio gives classic 'Cinderella' an update
Cinderella wowed the crowd as Blackwood Studios of Dade City held its 48th annual recital June 7 and 8 at the Wesley Chapel Performing Arts Center. The theme of the recital was "Cinderella Then and Now" featuring one story before intermission that told the traditional story of "Cinderella" followed by a second updated story after intermission. Students from age 4 through adults in their 60s showcased their talents in the two programs. Skill levels ranged from beginners to experienced, award-winning dancers. Shelby Martin and LaQuetta White were recognized as seniors in their last year at the dance studio. White could not perform in the recital due to graduation requirements. Martin has danced with Blackwood Studios for 14 years.Martin, who played Cinderella in one production, was joined by her boyfriend, Ben Pickerall, who played the prince in both productions. Pickerall had never taken a dance lesson when he was asked to take the leading man part in the recital. Each year the students vote on superlatives for members of their age groups. This year's awards among the younger Little Stars were: most improved, Nora Urbuteit; most helpful, Megan Phillips; most dedicated, a tie between Allison Crump and Julianna Mazza; and most loveable, Gracie Scaglione. Star Company awards were given to most dependable, Michaela Johnson; most improved, Hannah Knight; most dedicated, Shelby Johnson; most lovable, Lyndsey Lee; and most talented, Katie Ruffell.