September & October
We have performed at Stokes Stomp sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council since it began in 1975. It is held in Danbury in September. We have performed at Kingfest sponsored by the King Chamber of Commerce since 1989. This is held at Central Park in King in October. Our “A Dancer Reads” Contest is held during the month of September. The King Public Library has been wonderful to help us since 2006 by giving us a list of their dance related books, putting these books in a special section and giving each of students that participates a certificate. Pictured are our reading royalty for 2020. Since the 1985, we have held a Flip-a-thon to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. We were not able to have it in 2020 due to Covid restrictions. We have participated in the Downtown Trick or Treat since the 1980’s. For many years, the Joyce S. Triche Dance Co. held a “Not Too Scary” Haunted House. That was not held in 2020 due to Covid restrictions. We did not get to bring our friends in 2020 either. Bring a Friend Week in October allows students to bring a friend with them to class at no charge. Current students are allowed to take an extra class that week at no charge.
December is very busy. We do parades in King, Rural Hall and Walnut Cove with baton twirlers, younger dancers, jazz dancers, acrobats and a float for our age 5 and under students. The parents of our younger students help build the float. We have won eleven first prizes and several second and third prizes over the years. We have performed in the King parade since 1970. Our students even performed in the rain in 2018. The only other marching unit that year was the high school ROTC. We have performed at various nursing homes in the area over the years. We have performed at Priddy Manor since they opened. We perform during Christmas week (after Christmas and before New Years). In 2019 our musical theatre students and their vocal instructor, along with some alumni home from college, sang Christmas songs for the merchants of downtown King.
April & May
We have participated in the “Little Folks Festival” sponsored by Stokes Partnership for Children since 2001. We have an information booth and do an on stage demonstration of our preschool dance program with audience participation. It alternates between an elementary school in King and one in Walnut Cove and is held one Saturday in April. In 2020, it was not held due to Covid restrictions and in 2021 it was a drive by event in both towns. We contributed 350 information and treat bags for the 2021 event. National Dance Week started in 1981 and we have celebrated ever since. In the 1980’s, we performed outside at the King Shopping Center. Later, we had students invite friends to come dance with them at no charge during national dance week. Current students could also take an additional class at no charge during NDW. We also performed a short dance not in the street, but on the sidewalk. National Dance Week is the week in April that includes April 29, the birthday of Jean Georges Noverre. Meet Me on Main is a street festival sponsored by the King Chamber of Commerce. We have performed for several years at this event. There is usually an audience participation section in the performance. The studio is open for free 10 minute classes and outside the children play with bubble wands making BIG bubbles.