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Concord Dance Academy students. Courtesy photo.




Rhythm of the Night

When: Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.
Where: Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord
Tickets: $10; purchase at the door or at the UPS Store in Concord
See: concordcityauditorium.org




A Capital performance
Concord-area dance schools showcase their talents

01/15/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Part fundraiser, part competition rehearsal, and all-around entertainment,  the 24th annual Rhythm of the Night is returning to the Concord City Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 17.

The performance showcases dancers from six capital area dance schools and is one of the Audi’s biggest fundraising events; this year’s proceeds will go toward a new LED lighting system.
Lisa Goff, owner of Turning Pointe Center of Dance in Pembroke, volunteered to direct this year’s performance. She said in a phone interview that the tradition for Rhythm of the Night is to invite dance schools that have rented the Auditorium that year to return and perform in the showcase. 
“I would say we’ve had … roughly from 125 to 200 dancers,” Goff said. “This year it’s probably about 150.” 
“It’s a glorious dance recital,” producer David Murdo said in a phone interview. 
What started as a way to give back and help the Friends of the Concord City Auditorium  raise funds has turned into an outlet for dancers to practice their competition pieces, many of which take place from February to April. 
“It’s the last chance to do it on stage,” Murdo said. 
Rhythm of the Night 2015 will feature student performances from Dancesteps Etc. of Epsom, New Hampshire School of Ballet of Hooksett, Turning Pointe Center of Dance of Pembroke, Concord Dance Academy, Creative Dance Workshop of Bow and Gen’s Dance Studio of Concord. 
Each school will prepare four dances with no fewer than four dancers in each set. The idea, Goff said, is to let as many students as possible have the chance to perform. 
“It’s a really fun evening for the students that are participating and the audience itself because they get to support their own school and see different kinds of choreography from the area,” she said.
You can expect to see everything from ballet, tap and jazz, to contemporary, hip-hop and gymnastics. While the majority of the dancers will be intermediate or advanced students, Goff said the younger dancers will have their moment to shine as well. 
“We like to have them because they are most excited to be there, and the audience likes to see them,” she said. 
Since Rhythm of the Night is a showcase event, each school will practice its four dances independently and come together the day of the show for the first time. 
Starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, each group will get 30 minutes of stage time to rehearse. After that, everyone is divided into dressing rooms. 
“That’s the toughest part of the day,” Goff said. “Finding room to house everybody.”
An emcee will serve as the connecting piece for the performance, Goff said, tying the evening together and sharing information about each school and dance number. 
“It’s cohesive as in it flows very nicely, but nothing intertwines with each other,” she said. 
Open to all ages, Rhythm of the Night starts at 7 p.m. and runs for an hour and a half with a 15-minute intermission. 
 
As seen in the January 15, 2015 issue.





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