By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
The I Twirl Dance Programs held its first school dance recital Friday, June 7, at The Ancona School. The program will host its community dance recital on June 22.
I Twirl is a ballet-based dance program that also offers other types of dance including Hip Hop, Latin and Broadway Jazz. The program is hosting its first two recitals this month to showcase the students’ work.
Kristi Mosbey, professional dancer and founder of I Twirl, said the recitals are great milestones of her first year in Hyde Park.
“I lived in Deerfield [and] moved to Hyde Park with my significant other in April,” Mosbey said. “The commute to Deerfield everyday was too much so I decided to move my program to Hyde Park.”
Shortly after her arrival in Hyde Park, Mosbey said she visited Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., and presented them with a proposal and her dance program was approved. Once she began working with the students at Ancona she said realized that other students in the community needed a dance program.
“I know there are other dance programs inHyde Park, but I sawthat the community needed something that was more economically accessible,”Mosbey said.
To fill this need, Mosbey, who is a professional, contract-based dancer currently performing with Wake Up Waltz and Chicago Contemporary Dance Company, started a community dance program at St. Paul and The Redeemer Church, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave.
Since its inception, the program has grown from nine to 54 students between the ages of 2 and 9.Mosbey is the lead teacher and has as an assistant a dance student from Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. She also invites other professional dancers to lead classes in different dance styles.
During the recitals the studentswill showcase the various styles of dance they’ve learned over the last several months. The Inspiracion Dance Chicago group will also perform at both recitals.
The community–based dance recital starts at 5 p.m. at St. Paul & The Redeemer. The event is free and open to the public.