Rockport Dance Conservatory will present its 10th annual Spring Showcase Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. The show is sponsored by Midcoast Recreation Center in West Rockport.

More than 40 students, age 3 through adult, will perform in two acts over the weekend. Act 1 of the Spring Showcase will feature choreography students have been working on all year, including some of their award-winning competition pieces. In honor of the 10th anniversary, some memorable numbers from previous years will be reprised. RDC continues to have a themed second act; this year it is “Neverland,” RDC’s interpretation of J.M Barrie’s story “Peter Pan.”

Rockport Dance Conservatory is known for its blending of dance styles mixed all together in choreography to give stories greater depth and character. Characters will be brought to life with custom costumes and props designed by RDC director Kari Cameron, whose work has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine.

"We strive to make our performances less like a recital and more like a theatrical show,” said Cameron. “We want anyone to be able to walk in off the street and enjoy our performance, regardless of whether they know a dancer participating.

She added that she thinks audiences also appreciate RDC’s hour-long format because it allows them to enjoy the holiday weekend downtown afterwards.

“We’ve told a lot of great stories over the past ten years and we’re really looking forward to Neverland this year,” says RDC assistant director Sally Cameron.

Kari Cameron opened Rockport Dance Conservatory 10 years ago with the goal of bringing high-quality dance instruction in a variety of innovative, fun dance curriculums for the recreational dancer through to the serious aspiring dancer. Many of RDC’s alumni have continued to dance and perform with their college dance companies, “which is really gratifying to see,” she said.

Tickets are $15, $10 for senior citizens and students and free for children younger than 6. They are available through RDC dancers, at the front desk at MidCoast Recreation Center or at the door on show night.

Rockport Dance Conservatory is a full-service dance studio located at the Midcoast Recreational Center. For more information, visit rockportdance.com or call 557-5421.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.