By Elizabeth Keys
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Showstoppers Dance Studio Director Tracy Frazier sweetened her 30th year in business with a trip to the Sugar Bowl. At the invitation of the All-State Sugar Bowl, Frazier brought 18 of her company dancers to New Orleans, La., to perform in the Mercedes Benz Superdome during the halftime show Thursday night. Local dancers shaking a leg in the Big Easy included Landes Bauter, Simone Chaufty, Laura Cox, Miranda Eaton, Carly Enns, Regina Fox, Anna Harnly, Carly Hart, Kelly Johnson, Landry Leming, Hadyn Ralston, Taylor Randall, Riley Randolph, Kaylee Smith, Maggie Soulages, Macy Stokes, Olivia Young and Aleks Weaver.
The dancers practiced for the show to shimmy and shake for the largest live audience they have ever performed for with millions on television watching the football game, too. With a stadium seating capacity of more than 70,000, the Superdome stands as one of America’s architectural marvels and has emerged as Louisiana’s most recognizable landmark, transcending into a symbol of recovery for the Gulf Coast after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
The Stillwater students said they hoped the broadcasters televised the halftime show so hometown fans could see their performance. The Showstoppers group were part of a 1,000-plus dance, cheer and band member program in the 80th anniversary Sugar Bowl game.
With a sea of red invading New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, traditional Stillwater rivals, the University of Oklahoma Sooners were matched with the Alabama Crimson Tide. In choosing a red side, most of the local dancers said they cheered for their fellow Oklahomans.
The company members will perform in Stillwater in a May recital. Students at Showstoppers train at 724 E. Krayler in ballet, pointe, lyrical ballet, tap, hip hop and broadway jazz through beginner to advanced levels for ages 3 to adult. Sessions run concurrently with the Stillwater Public Schools’ schedule. Summer sessions are also offered.
“Most classes are limited to 15 students per class — many classes have less than 15 students.,” Frazier said. “There is an instructor and an assistant with each class. Two teachers gives us the opportunity to provide individual help and instruction to insure that students are learning technique and combinations correctly.”
Frazier said that dancing is one of the best methods for developing the mind and body, adding grace, poise, self-confidence and overall conditioning.
“Whatever your dance goals, we hope to help you achieve them,” she said.
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