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Local Dancers Usher in 2024 With Performance of a Lifetime

Northern Explosion Dance Team

Northern Explosion dancers perform with Recycled Percussion

Photo: Northern Explosion Dance Studio

Photo: Heather Bronson

By Kendra Williams

The atmosphere at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH on New Year’s Day could only be described as electric. Nearly 10,000 people attended Recycled Percussion’s kick off to their winter tour. This included a proud group of dance instructors, family and friends of 25 talented dancers from Northern Explosion Dance Studio of Sanford, who performed as special guests of the band.

In preparation for the event, the group learned their routine, which included clogging and hip hop, in just three days. According to Monique Martineau, the studio owner, “this was a major opportunity for the dancers, the studio and cloggers from all over to represent their dance style. I’m in awe of how professional they were and how much confidence they had on the stage.”

Northern Explosion dancers perform with Recycled Percussion
Northern Explosion dancers perform with Recycled Percussion

Photo: Katie Baker

When asked about the opportunity to perform with Recycled Percussion, one dancer said, “I’ve performed for many audiences, but this was definitely different with way more energy. It felt very professional.” A family member of one of the dancers was heard saying, “These kids are just amazing. Seeing them up there, it’s hard to remember how young they actually are.”

Recycled Percussion is a popular band that, for more than 20 years, has been making rock-n-roll music basically out of a pile of junk. Its high energy performances are a dynamic mix of rock drumming, guitar smashing and DJ-spinning, all blended into the recyclable magic of what the band calls “junk music.” They were the highest placing non-singing act in America’s Got Talent history when they took the stage in 2009.

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