Show began with classical ballet performance by company dancers (front: Taylor Jackson). Ivy Ashe

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Rise dance company performed its spring showcase Sunday afternoon, with dancers ages five to 17 twirling and tapping across the stage of the Oak Bluffs School. Younger dancers stole the show with big smiles in their Car Wash number, but the afternoon belonged to the company dancers, who devote their hours to learning complex and intricate choreography for competition. The competitions take place throughout the year: the girls traveled to one last month and will next go to Reading, Mass. 

Sunday's show was less high-pressure, but no less a display of talent.

"This is for them to have fun and showcase the fruits of their labor," Rise director Jil Matrisciano said. 

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