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Izabella Ward, left, Zofia Barrera and Clara Bartnik perform ‘Swan Lake.’ Not pictured: Hollinger Keeney, Adanna James.

Dozens of young Middle Keys dancers brought a year’s worth of work to the stage at the Marathon High School Performing Arts Center last weekend, delighting their families and friends in Prodigy Dance Center’s spring recital – “Just Dance.” Performances on April 27 included 17 numbers featuring a mix of students, instructors and assistants under co-owners Lisa Scobba and Maria Banks.

Hamill Hunt, left, and Simone Pew wait for their turn on stage.
Dancers take their final bows to close the show with ‘Let’s Dance.’
Hannah Hutchinson, left, Savannah Garcia, Kayla Merrill and Cailin Harrell in ‘Let’s Dance.’
Young ballerinas perform ‘Something There.’
Savannah Garcia performs ‘We Won’t Move.’
Prodigy’s Ballet 1 class performs ‘Artist Life.’
Indy Ivkovich, left, Hamill Hunt and Noah Zajac are little princes in ‘A Whole New World.’
Red sparkles are the perfect complement for ‘Great Balls of Fire’ in the 6-to-8-year old tap class.
From left, Prodigy instructors and assistants Stacie Gonzalez, Jennifer Ward, Kayla Merrill, Cailin Harrell, Nan Young, Savannah Garcia and Olivia Banks receive an end-of-year thank you from Lisa Scobba and Maria Banks.

Alex Rickert
Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.