Young dancers put best feet forward at performance SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

NEIGHBORS

June 29, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

The Freedom Area Recreation and Parks Council showed what its participants can do Sunday with a dance recital and demonstrations of its karate, country and Western dancing and dance twirl programs.

Adoring parents filled the auditorium of Liberty High School to watch the imaginative dance program, "The Shepherdess and the Sheep," and other demonstrations.

Grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends watched, too.

The recital, the culmination of 10 months of study by children as young as 4, was choreographed by the dance instructor, Susan Hedges-Cote, a two-year veteran of the council's program.

"I spent all last summer reviewing fairy tales," Ms. Hedges-Cote said. "I wanted something that would be fun, and that could be adapted for a lot of little numbers.

"I found 'The Shepherdess and the Sheep' in a Hans Christian Andersen collection and adapted it, with plenty of changes from the original, for the dance recital."

The "little numbers" included "Barbie," whom Andersen certainly never heard of but who is a favorite with today's little girls. She came to life in a hip jazz dance.

The forbidding Chinese doll performed by Pamela Smith, who in the original tale ruled the other dolls in the cabinet by reason of his jointed head, was destroyed by the delightful shepherdess doll portrayed by student teacher Melissa Nolf.

"I liked the theme, the authoritarian vs. the free spirit," Ms. Hedges-Cote said.

Teacher's assistant Sara Hancock, who portrayed "Barbie," also led the toy soldiers who chased the Chinese doll back to the cabinet after his original foray to reclaim the shepherdess. Their black tap shoes clacked with ominous intent as they shouldered him off the stage.

Toy tops, teddy bears, snowflakes, music box dancers, thunder, dawn, playing cards, top shelf dolls, "Frenchy," "Carmen" and the emer

ald princess did their ballet, jazz dance, or tap dances to enthusiastic clapping of delighted parents.

Many of the children were appearing on stage for the first time, but in sparkling costumes and makeup their stage fright was overcome by the thrill of the occasion.

"They really do well," Ms. Hedges-Cote said. "It's amazing what they can absorb."

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Good news for second-year Webelos scouts and other boys of 10 years or older.

Boy Scout Troop 110, which folded five years ago, has been reopened and is looking for scouts to join.

"We have eight scouts right now," said Scoutmaster Jay Messina, "and we're looking for more. We expect a lot to join in September, when we have a registration drive, but anyone interested in registering their son can call me now, and take advantage of our summer programs."

Though his son is too young for even the Cub Scout program, Mr. Messina agreed to be scoutmaster and completed the paperwork and other necessities to reopen the troop.

Troop 110 was reactivated officially in May.

The troop, which already has permission from its sponsor, the Freedom District Optimist Club, to create a base camp on the Optimist

grounds at Arthur Avenue in Sykesville, has big plans.

"We'll have a day camp for Cub Scouts, where they can learn a lot of the skills they'll need as Boy Scouts on a camp out, and some demonstrations that Cub Scouts should enjoy," Mr. Messina said.

"We plan to build a lean-to, a fire ring, a bridge over a stream, picnic tables and other necessities for the base camp," Mr. Messina said. "We've already cleared more than a mile of trail for hiking.

"We'll appreciate the help of other troops and Cub Scout dens, and they will, of course, be welcome at our demonstrations."

This active troop already has enjoyed a camping trip, a fishing derby, hiked Soldier's Delight Natural Environmental Area in Baltimore County, and explored an army helicopter and talked with its pilot.

To register a new scout or for information call Mr. Messina at 549-1542, or Bill Bowen at 781-6207.

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