Dancers raise funds with local recital


Lori’s School of Dance, Tumbling and Cheerleading competed in their 18th recital on Sunday in front of a packed house at the Madisonville High School Auditorium to raise money for a raffle and new equipment for the studio.

“Lots of hard work goes into a recital,” said Coach Lori Hagaman. “I have a fantastic staff who puts in long hours and hard work to make our kids successful. I am truly blessed to work with such an amazing staff, kids and parents. It was a great year and we are already planning next year’s big show.”

Hagaman would like to thank the members of the staff for all of their hard work: Torie Jenkines, Miranda Howell, SaiSai Ly, Pheaktra Ly, Amanda Wayland and Tatum Barker.

The studio raised over five thousand dollars for the event, half of which was given to a lucky winner through the recital’s raffle. The reminder of the funds raised will be used by the studio for climbing rope, crash mats and other strength building equipment.

There were around 30 dances in the routine performed by students of all ages on Sunday at MHS. Some of the routines featured ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, clogging, tumbling and cheerleading.

Every competitor received an award for their efforts and a number of the dancers and instructors earned yearly awards. Kate Hageman was honored for eight years of service to the studio along with SaiSai Ly for seven years, Memo Ornelas for six years, Darian Wayland for six years and McKenna Fraley for five.

One of the studio’s hip-hop groups will compete over the weekend at Showstopper Dance Competition in Dallas. Summer tumbling and cheer is scheduled to begin on June 3.