Jan. 30, 2024
Six schools participated in the first-ever Pinellas County Schools All-County Dance performance Monday, Jan. 29, at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. Dancers of all levels performed ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop numbers.
Audience members enjoyed group and individual performances by dancers from Perkins Elementary, Tarpon Springs Middle School, John Hopkins Middle School, Tarpon Springs High School, Largo High School, and the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. Erin Cardinal, All-County Dance coordinator and dance teacher at Johns Hopkins, also performed an improv piece along with teachers Sean McDonald and Brian Fidalgo.
"Dancing is truly a mind, body, and soul experience. It's an artform. It's personal, it's vulnerable and it's special," said Cardinal while addressing the crowd Monday night. "The dancers you see tonight, walk into the dance studio as individuals. They are encouraged to be individuals. They work hard at their craft, growing stronger every day in their skills as dancers and as artists. They work collaboratively together. They problem solve. They are a collective of individuals striving towards one goal."