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May 29, 2014

Showstoppers Dance Studio marks 30 years at recital

STILLWATER, Okla. — It started in a small rental space at a shopping center. Since then, there’s been no holding back for Showstoppers Dance Studio.

Showstoppers, 724 E. Krayler Ave., is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. At 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, the studio will put on a recital to commemorate its 30 years of business. Titled “Showstoppin’ for 30 Years,” the recital will be at the Stillwater High School Performing Arts Center.

The dance studio has experienced a great amount of success, said owner Tracy Frazier.

“I started it my senior year of college; I was in the Rosewood Hills Shopping Center, just rented a space in there,” Frazier said. “The first year, I had 100 students. The second year I increased 50 percent, and the third year I increased another 50 percent.

“We actually had one space when we started at Rosewood Hills, and by the third year had to open up another space next door so we’d have two classes going on at the same time.”

Frazier’s business didn’t stop growing, and by the 10th year a new studio was needed at its current location.

Now, Showstoppers is going out of state and around the country to showcase its students’ talent.

“In January, we went to the Sugar Bowl and performed; we got invited in August of 2013 and took 18 girls,” Frazier said. “That was pretty neat because they got to experience some things in New Orleans, the Mardi Gras world.

“Then we were chosen as the only studio in the state to be a part of a coast-to-coast across America tour. A well-renowned choreographer out of New York, Louie Perez, decided for his 10th year anniversary that he wants to travel across the country and put on master classes throughout the state.”

Frazier said Perez is choosing one studio in every state so he can literally say he went coast to coast. Showstoppers got to participate in early May, Perez’s first year, and had 35-40 girls at the studio for his class.

The recitals this weekend will differ from most recitals, mainly in the sense of timing.

“A lot of recitals, you go watch a dance. Then you wait while they set it up, and then you watch another dance,” Frazier said. “With this, you’re literally applauding for the class that’s going off, the music’s changing and the next class is coming on. There are no stops unless there are technical problems.”

Frazier has always run her shows like a Broadway show, which she says keeps fathers, brothers and men in general from getting bored.

 She expects the show, which consists of 44 dances and a 15-minute intermission, to run just two hours and 15 minutes.

The junior and senior dance companies, which run from sixth to eighth grade for juniors and high school to college for seniors, have always placed in the top-three of regional competitions and have been invited to nationals.

Showstoppers chose not to go to nationals this year because of the several events it has participated in, and next year’s planned trip will make the performance at the Sugar Bowl in “The Big Easy” look like a slice of cake. On Thanksgiving 2015, Showstoppers is slated to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.

There’s no question Showstoppers has been extremely successful in all ventures, and it all started with Frazier’s vision 30 years ago.

“When I started this business I had many goals, but the most important to me is the obvious – to be a good dance instructor,” Frazier said. “Dance is an art, so it is a challenge to get your meaning across in a way that everyone can understand and do in harmony.

“You also have to be ready to adapt with the way music has changed over the years. As long as new music continues to be written, we will continue to coreograph dances with freedom of movement throughout dance.”

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