'Drop The Beat' Dance Group Performs 9/11 Tribute

  • 6/13/2018 10:33:06 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Under the direction of instructor Shelby Fife, Ontario's "Drop The Beat" Dance Group performed Wednesday night at the Renaissance Theater for one of the Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen event's entertainment acts. The group took the stage twice during the event, debuting a new routine in their second performance as a tribute to 9/11.

"When I first started, I had this dream to do the 9/11 Tribute," said Shelby Fife, Owner of Drop The Beat Dance Studio. "We first opened up in August. As soon as we opened up, we had 112 dancers, and I chose 34 of those dancers to do this number. It's a six-minute long routine, so it took several months to accommodate."

A parent of one of the girls in the group, Tim Kershner, said that as a former firefighter, he was touched by Fife's gesture and is proud of the group for their tribute to America's fallen heroes.

"It's not just a dance routine," Kershner said. "It's about something that happened in our past that was very tragic. This dance not only represents that tragedy that happened, but it also represents the respect that we still have for our current first responders and our military that are still out there saving people's lives every day."

The routine received several rounds of applause from audience members at the Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen program for their performance. The group intends to bring the performance to New Jersey to pay tribute to members of the police, fire departments, and other first responders of 9/11 in the coming months.

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