Jayden Ross

Jayden Ross rehearses a dance routine Thursday at the Al. Ringling Theatre in advance of this weekend's Just for Kicks recital.

Just For Kicks Dance Studio is celebrating its 20th year by welcoming performers and their families home.

The Baraboo studio is holding its 20th round of recitals Saturday and Sunday at the Al. Ringling Theatre. Owner Amity Meyer said she picked the theme of “Home Sweet Home” because the word “home” carries special meaning for everyone.

“’Blessed’ and ‘home sweet home’ are my new mottos and words to live by every day,” Meyer said. “What an honor to share them with such amazing people for the last 20 years of my life and career.”

Meyer launched Just For Kicks in a single room at the Baraboo Civic Center. It later expanded to a two-room studio above her family’s restaurant, Baraboo Burger Company. Now it calls a former plastics factory on Lake Street home.

Five shows this weekend will feature nearly 200 dancers. “Many of our students take multiple classes, which means students walk through our doors 324 times each week,” Meyer said.

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Over its history, Just For Kicks has taught 838 dancers and graduated 161 seniors. This weekend, 20 alumni from the past decade will perform.

“We even have five second-generation dancers now,” Meyer said. “How can that be?”

The spring show is bittersweet for teachers, parents and dancers, as students who started as little girls in tutus perform for the last time. “I have been blessed to have so many amazing girls, parents and human beings in my life because of this,” Meyer said, “and I’m so humbled and honored for all the memories and friendships that have become of it.”

With three performances Saturday and two Sunday, Meyer calls the recital the busiest — but best — weekend of the year.

“I’m so grateful for the occupation I am in and that I get to share the joy with my fellow teachers, dancers and their families,” she said. “We are so fortunate to be a part of their lives and hopefully in some small way help shape the person they have become.”

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