April Spotlight | Rhythm Company

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The Rhythm Company is a performing group at the Tamara Howe School of Dance in Salina, Kansas, made up of 66 dancers. The Rhythm Company was created for motivated dancers who desire extra dance opportunities above and beyond their weekly technique classes. Company members attend dance competitions as well as partake in additional training, traveling outside of the state for summer camps and workshops. Dancers on the company are selected through an audition process and train throughout the summer. In addition to competitions and the dance school’s annual Spring Recital, the company performs several times throughout the year including, festival events, parades and collaborations with the local symphony and community theatre.

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While the Rhythm Company is a unique group of talented and driven young dancers, that is not all that sets them apart from other dance companies. This group of dancers is also committed to giving back to their community. They have seized numerous opportunities this year to step up and make a meaningful impact in the lives of others.

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Over the holidays, Rhythm Company hosted the 2nd annual Helping Hands Concert. This concert served as a benefit for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and raised over $1,800 within a 90-minute show.  The benefit was a combination of a performance, silent auction and generous donations from the supportive audience.  The dancers performed selections from the Nutcracker and other Christmas favorites. Rhythm Company and the Tamara Howe School of Dance are looking forward to the continued growth of this event for years to come.

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This Spring, the brother of an alumni student of Tamara Howe School of Dance was diagnosed with aggressive Leukemia. The following week, the Rhythm Company hosted a “Dance Your Way Out of Dress Code” event, a creative fundraiser for dancers to raise money to help support the family during this difficult time. Dance school owner, Tamara Howe, told company members she would match the amount they raised from the event. The students raised $250 in less than 3 days! Tamara and her company members were able to send $500 to the former student’s family to assist with medical expenses.

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Spring brought yet another opportunity for this compassionate group of students to lend a helping hand. The school produced a Friends and Family Showcase to raise donations for scholarships. This one-hour showcase was a free will donation and raised $700 for scholarships for students who will be traveling out of state for summer study camps and workshops.

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More Than Dancers applauds Tamara Howe and these dancers who use their gifts and talents for more than just the stage. We are excited to see how these students continue to grow and give back to their community!

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