While United Dance Productions have always produced excellent dance routines, founder Suzette Harvey expects audiences to be impressed with this yearâs ballet performances, especially those of the Junior Company.

The United Dance Productions Recital 2003 will be slightly different from those of previous years in that each dance department öö ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop öö will have their own theme. The theme for the ballet department will be ÎLooking for a Princessâ, the tap department will be ÎTapping at the Cabaretâ, the jazz department will do the theme Grease, Hip-Hop will do ÎArmy Platoonsâ and the modern department will give a ÎTribute to Alvin Aileyâ featuring old spirituals.

The dancers for this yearâs production range in age from four to 18, although in September, the UDP will begin taking students at age three. This yearâs production also features the Junior Company, a group of students whom Ms. Harvey describes as the ãfruits of her labourä. Many of the students in the Junior Company began with Ms. Harvey 11 years ago when she first opened United Dance Productions.

ãWeâve always been doing well in each department [but this year] itâs the ballet especially. [The Junior Company] is a product of the school and weâre really starting to see the fruits of our labour.

ãAfter all the hard training and years of dedication and time and sweat and energy öö now weâre starting to see that this is what we produced.ä

Ms Harvey says her students are focused and determined which makes it easy for the teachers. ãTheyâre very serious about performing and theyâre very serious about taking class. They donât have to be spoon-fed every step of the way and thatâs the good thing about having kids like this. They do it for themselves.ä

The United Dance Productions Recital 2003 will take place at the Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 at 7pm each night. Tickets cost $25 for general admission and $20 for students. Tickets are available at the UDP School from 11-7pm daily.