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Journey - Excital 2024

journey
 

/ˈjərnē/

noun

  1. an act of traveling from one place to another, especially when they are far apart

  1. a set of experiences that someone has over a period of time

I love a good road trip to…anywhere. When I was a child both of my grandfathers, though wildly different human beings, loved Pontiac Bonneville station wagons. They were enormous cars with a third row of seats where a kid could ride backward and watch the miles fall behind them. As a teenager in the 1970s I drove what was left of Route 66 at that time with my mother, all the way to Los Angeles. Twice. I loved every minute and every mile of that road. I’m still a frequent visitor to a short stretch of that famous road between I-57 and I-55 in Illinois, the signs say IL-53, but it will always be Route 66 to me.

 

There are probably not many in our audience that remember the little red car Zoe Jane Blocker drew for our program cover and that Josh Rybicki built for our stage this year. It was a 1985 Renault Alliance convertible, one of only 2400 ever built, special ordered by my mother just a few short months before I made her a grandmother for the first time and that I sadly sold this year. Miss Connie loved to put the top down and go on a journey. She believed in enjoying the ride.

 

The dance year is a kind of journey, forgive me the use of cliché. We traveled together and learned new things while we made the old ones better. Some of the Pink Panthers you’ll see today started their dance journey more than 30 years ago when they were only as old as the kitty cats they’ll appear on stage with. We’ll start on Route 66 and end on a mountain top with lots of fun stops along the way. Our dancers will do their best to entertain you, to bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye and to put some happiness into your afternoon. They’ve worked hard and come far and had some fun along the way. Today is about enjoying the ride.

 

Miss Connie’s vision for all of us was, “A lifetime of dance” and we know she is smiling down as we continue on that road. Sixty-six years and counting…the journey isn’t over.
 

“Let your joy be in your journey – not in some distant goal.” ~Tim Cook

Click here to download a PDF copy of the program. 

Act 1 

Route 66

Becky Chamberlin   Beth Gazella Falknor   Caiti Hernandez   Deborah Ward

Macie Klee   Davina Liu   Abigail Roe   Abby Seeley   Adalyn Stephens   Terrencia Rogers

Evelynn Weigand   Lillian Weigand   Marie Wilson   Caitlynn Wittendorf   Annalise Bailey

Cora Garrison   Anna Rose Ruble   Everleigh Kivela   Riggens Kivela   Shelby VanLierop

Naomi Wilson   Lily Bailey   Zoe Blocker   Alexa Comacho   Carmen Desotelle   Ariana Helbley Miya Miller   Jillian Morris   Seamus Ruble   Gemma Richards   Jack Rybicki   Starla Wagoner

Jonah Wilson   Tougen Goss

 

Somewhere Out There

Annalise Bailey   Cora Garrison   Everleigh Kivela   Riggens Kivela   Anna Rose Ruble
Shelby VanLierop   Naomi Wilson

 

Panda Bear

Davia Duncan   Paetyn Morgan   Ellie Schinske

 

Singin’ in the Rain

Lily Bailey   Zoe Blocker   Ariana Helbley   Miya Miller   Jillian Morris   Gemma Richards
Seamus Ruble   Jack Rybicki   Starla Wagoner   Jonah Wilson

 

Come Together

Terrencia Rogers   Evelynn Weigand   Lillian Weigand   Marie Wilson   Caitlynn Wittendorf
Caiti Hernandez

 

Do Re Mi

Adalynn Rohm   Lorna Thompson   James Thompson

 

Masquerade: Waltz

Lily Bailey   Zoe Blocker   Alexa Comacho   Ariana Helbley   Miya Miller   Jillian Morris
Gemma Richards   Seamus Ruble   Jack Rybicki   Starla Wagoner

 

Dancer’s March

Cora Garrison   Everleigh Kivela   Riggens Kivela   Anna Rose Ruble   Shelby VanLierop
Naomi Wilson

 

Movin’ Right Along

Macie Klee   Davina Liu   Abigail Roe   Abby Seeley   Adalyn Stephens   

 

Ballet Dream Waltz

Davia Duncan   Paetyn Morgan   Ellie Schinske

 

Merry-Go-Round of Life

Zoe Blocker   Jillian Morris   Gemma Richards   Terrencia Rogers   Evelynn Weigand
Lillian Weigand   Marie Wilson   Caitlynn Wittendorf


 

~ ~ ~ INTERMISSION ~ ~ ~

(15 minutes)

Act 2 

Holiday Road

Zoe Blocker   Carmen Desotelle   Miya Miller   Jillian Morris   Seamus Ruble   Jack Rybicki   Starla Wagoner   Jonah Wilson  

 

The Pink Panther

Becky Chamberlin   Beth Gazella Falknor   Caiti Hernandez

 

Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat

Davia Duncan   Paetyn Morgan   Ellie Schinske   Adalynn Rohm   Lorna Thompson
James Thompson

 

La valse d’Amelie

Terrencia Rogers   Evelynn Weigand   Lillian Weigand   Marie Wilson   Caitlynn Wittendorf

 

Monkey Business

Annalise Bailey   Cora Garrison   Everleigh Kivela   Riggens Kivela   Anna Rose Ruble
Shelby VanLierop   Naomi Wilson

 

Slap Waltz

Macie Klee   Davina Liu   Abigail Roe   Abby Seeley   Adalyn Stephens

 

Roads

Lily Bailey   Alexa Comacho   Ariana Helbley

 

Pump Up the Jam

Terrencia Rogers   Evelynn Weigand   Lillian Weigand   Marie Wilson   Caitlynn Wittendorf   Caiti Hernandez

 

Happy Hands

Adalynn Rohm   Lorna Thompson   James Thompson

 

See Ya Later Alligator

Cora Garrison   Everleigh Kivela   Riggens Kivela   Anna Rose Ruble   Shelby VanLierop
Naomi Wilson

 

It’s a Feel Good Thing

Becky Chamberlin   Beth Gazella Falknor   Caiti Hernandez   Terrencia Rogers
Evelynn Weigand   Lillian Weigand   Marie Wilson   Caitlynn Wittendorf   Zoe Blocker
Carmen Desotelle   Miya Miller   Jillian Morris   Seamus Ruble   Jack Rybicki   Starla Wagoner   Jonah Wilson  

 

The Mountain Song - Finale

Our Cast

Acknowledgments

As always, it has taken the help of many to do our show.  A big “Thank You” to all who gave their time and talent to make our recital lovely to watch and such fun to do.

 

Teaching Staff:  Caiti Hernandez     Cammie Cassidy Hernandez

          Lillian Weigand     Marie Wilson     Caitlynn Wittendorf

 

Office Staff & Social Media:   Kaelyn Goss

Stage Manager:   Laura Ruble

Sound & Lights:   Josh Ruble   Aedan Ruble

Backstage Coordinators:   Kaelyn Goss    Cindy McCrory     Kate Weigand     Becky Chamberlin
          Jamie Thompson Griffin     Beth Gazella Falknor     Deborah Ward

          Kimmy Thompson     Ashley Rohm     Heidi Comacho

 

Stage Design:  Josh Rybicki  Rosemary Starn

Ticket Sales:  Tom and Karen Gazella   Daniel Falknor   Jodie Wilson  Walter McCrory

Digital Program and Cover:   Zoe Blocker     Kaelyn Goss

Photography:  Kaelyn Goss, Conjuring Raven Photography

Special thanks to Mark Winnell, rarely seen but indispensable, he shovels the snow and cuts the grass and fixes anything and everything and is Miss Cammie’s lifesaver and hero.


 

~ ~ ~ IMPORTANT NOTE ~ ~ ~

 

For the safety of the performers, flash photography is prohibited.  ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC licensing agreements prohibit recording of our performance.

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