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By Jessica Selph



Fiddlers from Boston Music Studio perform their first recital in the Main Street Plaza

Just as a prima ballerina gracefully leaps and turns her way across stage, another dancer perfects her poise waiting for that cue to enter stage. On to the next act.

Stepheny Atencio, owner and instructor at Pointe of Grace Dance Academy in Aztec is our prima ballerina. Her students dazzled guests on Saturday, June 3rd with one final performance, Alice in Wonderland. Come recital day the decision to close the studio after nine years had Atencio thoughtful and reminiscent. She shares memories of a young Stepheny, too shy to leave her mother's side, beginning dance lessons and then blossoming into a beautiful young woman and dancer. Stepheny, with help from her mother, Brenda Atencio, opened Pointe of Grace with hopes of offering that same enriching education to many others. Their mission was to "bring out the true spirit of dance in each dancer."

Saturday's finale proved Atencio's mission successful as audience members viewed a touching video presentation put together by the studio's dancers and teachers. A kind farewell and bravo to Pointe of Grace Dance Academy for a smashing season finale, but as these things go, another act prepares themselves for the spotlight.

One evening prior to Atencio's farewell address, Boston Music Studio, School of Fine Arts, hosted their first recital. An open plaza just across from their studio on Main Street and next to Rubio's, allowed room for over one hundred students and guests. Performers of all ages and many talents brought to the stage the dance steps and musical notes they had been toiling over for months. When asked what makes her studio different from others, owner and instructor Boston Henke articulates that she offers a "collaboration in the fine arts" because in everything her studio has to offer this remains true, "the arts talk to each other, we all speak the same language."

The recital offered a little bit of everything: Little ones in tutu's or tumbling on mats, solo artists sharing their gift of song, guitar players and a group of violinists. Of course no recital is complete without a few dance numbers, a little hip hop, some classical. The evening was a wonderful success. Welcome to Aztec Boston Music, and congratulations to all recital performers.

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