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Dance recital hits WEMS tomorrow
Stepping Out Dance Company set to perform

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Chelsea Mariko will perform lyrical dance with Marisa Masson during tomorrow night’s recital.

<br>Joel Masson/www.<br> Chelsea Mariko will perform lyrical dance with Marisa Masson during tomorrow night’s recital.

WILLIAMS - The Stepping Out Dance Company will hold a dance recital at the Williams Elementary-Middle School tomorrow night beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The recital will mark the third year the company has performed for the public. According to Stepping Out owner Marisa Masson, 35 dancers are slated to perform during the exciting dance event. Tickets are $2 at the door and the public is invited to attend the event.

"We have been working all year," Masson said. "We started last summer with classes. We have ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip-hop. Each class continued learning choreography for their dance routines until just a few weeks ago. I am amazed at the improvement just from last year's recital. The dancers express so much more and their technique has dramatically improved. Last year we had a full house and plan on a great crowd again."

Masson said tomorrow's recital is a compilation of dances that the students have been working on throughout the year. Dancers in each performance have also produced outfits that will be worn during the recital.

"It's a good opportunity for them to share everything that they've learned and what they've been working so hard on," Masson said.

Dancers in Masson's classes range in age from four-years-old to adult.

"We have little little ones, ages four and five, that are going to do one little piece, a ballet, and then we have ages all the way up to adult and that includes all the other genres of tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and jazz. I have a couple of adults in my hip hop class. I have an adult in my lyrical class."

The third annual recital is also a bittersweet one for Masson, as tomorrow's dance presentation will mark her last recital in the Williams area for the foreseeable future. Dance classes, however, may still be held in the area.

"I do have somebody who's very interested, a friend of mine, that's very interested in continuing teaching dance in Williams next year. Her name is Chelsea Anderson," Masson said. "She really has a passion for dance and she wants to continue something in Williams. She's highly qualified, very talented. She has a lot of experience in break dancing, too, which is really popular with the kids."

Masson said she would miss teaching in the Williams area.

"It has become such a big part of my life," she said. "I have developed some lifelong relationships with the kids, adults and parents."

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