St. Marys Journal Argus
When Rory Scofield first started offering dance lessons under the name Motus School of Dance in St. Marys, she invited a singer friend from Montreal to be part of a couple of the school’s early annual recitals. Later, she remembers, she arranged for a drummer to accompany the young dancers during their recital routines.
“The people that work in the Town Hall thought it got pretty noisy during rehearsals,” she smiles, offering a potential reason why the idea never really took off.
After 21 years, though, it can get pretty comfortable for Scofield and her ever-changing troupe of talented performers to keep doing things the same way, year after year.
Throw into the mix a jazz singer and instrumental music teacher named Jennifer Thorpe, who prefers on stage to go by the nickname “Red,” however, and things are bound to change.
And so it went after Thorpe moved her music classes out of her St. Marys home early this year and accepted Scofield’s invitation to relocate into the front rooms of Motus’s Queen Street storefront location. The pair had met at a Town of St. Marys-organized roundtable discussion about the arts, and had gradually come to realize they shared similar sentiments about the importance of bringing together artists from various disciplines throughout the community.
Now, with the aspiring dancers rehearsing in front of the room-length mirrors in the back, and the metronome ticking away the tempo for Thorpe’s students in the front, the return of live music for Motus’s annual recital seems only natural.
“We would like to work in the direction of having the musicians and the dancers creating together, on one piece,” says Thorpe. But, for this year at least, the collaboration will come in the form of some of the music students performing on stage in between the dance presentations.
As in past years, the main Motus show will be performed twice over the weekend, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. And the studio’s young children will perform a separate showcase on Sunday at 1 p.m. For reservations, call 519-913-4747.