Studio C puts on memorable two-night showcase

PHILIPPI— Over the weekend, dancers from Studio C put on their first-ever two-night showcase of performances that wowed the crowd.

After two years of somewhat unconventional recitals for Studio C, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, owner Casey Cox decided it was time to get back to normal ,encapsulating the dedication of her students and staff with the theme “The Show Must Go On.” 

The show opened on Friday at Alderson Broaddus University’s Funkhouser Auditorium, with soloist Chloe McDonald setting the tone with an upbeat and fun tumbling routine titled “Covergirl”. 

McDonald’s flexibility, aerials and engagement with the crowd had everyone cheering and excited to see everything the show had to offer, and the night did not disappoint. 

With 31 routines, Cox, along with Choreographers Caitlin Duckworth, Kaylie Bolyard and Kimmie Workman, kept the crowd entertained with routines that were perfectly executed by their dancers. 

From soft graceful lyrical routines and upbeat tap dances to angelic pointe and high-energy jazz numbers the recital showcased a variety of techniques that the student dancers work on perfecting for months. 

With a seamless opening night, Studio C welcomed guests back to the auditorium Saturday afternoon for a second show that also featured 31 acts. 

Opening on Saturday was Cox’s advanced jazz class made up of, Abi Ford, Jordan Cox, Hayden Hicks, Chloe Saltis, Arabella Jones, Kimmie Workman, Kaylie Boylard and Ciarra Spring. 

The group rocked the crowd and went on to win an audience choice award at the conclusion of the show. 

This award was new to Studio C’s recital and was created by Cox as a fundraiser for the Dowdy Family. 

Each night of the event, members of the audience donated a dollar per vote to their favorite routine and all proceeds went directly to the Dowdy’s. 

Winning Friday night’s Audience Choice was soloist Ciarra Spring with her routine “Castle”. 

Of the course of the two-night fundraiser, over $500 was raised. 

Studio C recognized the hard work of all their dancers during finale, and handed out special awards for five-, ten- and fifteen-year students. 

In addition, this year, the studio honored their 2022 Grafton High School graduates Paige Riffle and Sarina Frye. 

Frye’s farewell to high school was incorporated into her solo baton act, coming out at the end in cap and gown and tossing her cap into the air as the routine came to an end. 

Each year, Cox also presents one student with the “Most Improved Student” award, and this year it went to eighth year dancer, Arabella Jones. 

“I could really give it to every single one of my students this year. They all blew me away,” Cox expressed. “However, Arabella really stood out to me this year, coming I with the most positive attitude I have ever seen her have, refusing to give up and taking on her very first solo.” 

With a wrap on the 2021-2022 dance season, Cox and the Studio C staff and dancers once again put on a memorable display and a very successful recital. 

“There just aren’t enough words to express the gratitude I have for each and every one of my dance families,” voiced Cox. “I am truly blessed to have the privilege to work with these children. Sharing my love of dance with them is one of the things I am most proud of, and it brings me so much joy!” 

Cox is already looking forward to next dance season and will be taking registrations all summer long. 

Those interested can visit the studio’s website at and follow the registration link. Alternately, inquiries may be made by calling or texting 304-641-7566.

Classes offered include Mommy and Me, a half hour tumbling class for ages one and two; Preschool 1, an hour tap/tumbling combination class for agers two and three; Preschool 2, an hour jazz/tumbling combination class for those ages four and five; Preschool 3 offers either a combination of ballet and tumbling or baton and tumbling and is geared for ages four and five. 

In addition, Studio C also offers groups, privates, duets and trios in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Acrobat/Tumbling, Tap and Baton, with private, duet and trio availabilities being limited. 


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