After two months of virtual lessons, Ovation Studios in Carthage preps for live recital

Ovation Studios will host a week of recitals beginning May 26th.

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Ovation Dance Studios in Carthage had to close to in-person classes in March due to COVID-19.

“The building has been a little sad and a little empty,” says owner and director Melanie Perkins.

However, for Ovation, the show must go on.

On March 23rd the studio launched “Ovation Online”, moving more than 300 students to virtual lessons.

“All the teachers jumped on board quickly and really worked hard to create just some normalcy for students,” Perkins adds. 

“It’s not something that I’ve practiced before, so there was a learning curve for all of us,” says Nicole Dugdale, dance instructor at Ovation Studios, “I’ve been really grateful for the opportunity to keep dancing, teaching and doing what I love, even if it hasn’t looked the same.”

After nearly two months, they’ll finally have a chance to show off their hard work, with a recital week running from May 26th to June 2nd.

“The recital is everything,” Dugdale adds, “That’s why we do this. So they can get up on stage and perform.”

For the recital, each class will perform one at a time, and the studio will work within the restrictions for social distancing and building capacities. Each dancer will be allowed to invite two people.

They’ll have a live stream available for those who can’t be there.

“It’s going to look a lot different this year,” Perkins finishes, “but it’s going to be a way for our students to have a positive ending to their dance season.”

Although the last few weeks have not gone as they imagined the studio is happy to know they stayed on their feet, and that it will pay off in the end. 

“Getting to see the kids in their costumes and get up there and perform is just like the most fulfilling part of the job for me,” Dugdale finishes, “Plus, it’s the most exciting part of the year for them.”

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