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New music, costumes, choreography

Shyanne Belzer\MDN Rinat Mouzafarov’s upcoming show is filled with brand new dances and brand new, colorful costumes designed by Tonya Lewis. Dancers of all ages will take part in the 31-song performance.

Rinat Mouzafarov has gone all out for his upcoming recital. “Happy Dance,” takes place this Saturday and Sunday, and will feature entirely new choreography with a large array of new, colorful costumes. The performances will take place at Minot High School’s Central Campus at 7 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

“Happy Dance” will feature versions of 31 popular songs including “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Everything Is Awesome” from “Lego Movie,” “Un Polo Loco” from the movie “Coco”, the Glee version of “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, “Where the Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” and the Kids Bop versions of “Havana” and “Girls Like You.”

“People need happiness, so many negative things going on in the world,” Mouzafarov said for why he decided to do this show.

The theme was given to him by Tonya Lewis, who designs the many costumes featured in Mouzafarov’s shows.

“Tonya Lewis is very amazing. She’s worked with me 27 years,” he said.

Mouzafarov explained that he doesn’t really know many popular songs and Lewis helped to provide different ideas that he could create choreography to.

“Happy Dance” will be Mouzafarov’s largest concert with 31 completely new, choreographed pieces. His typical concerts include 21 to 24 songs, but he decided to really provide something special that he hopes will make people happy.

He began work on the program two and a half months ago, starting auditions right away and working on it from early in the morning to late at night.

“It’s been a lot of work, but I think parents and audience will be unbelievably surprised. This show is completely different from others,” he said.

He is very happy and excited to showcase the hard work put in by all his students, parents and Lewis to put the show together and create the plethora of color that will fill the stage.

Each song will have a different costume with one piece, chosen from the movie “Zootopia,” having dancers in animal costumes. A number that will feature a song from “Dumbo” will have the younger dancers in little elephant costumes and “Here Comes the Sun” will feature umbrellas as a prop.

In the last year, Mouzafarov’s dance studio has grown and he now has around 100 students. He has dancers from as young as three years old to as old as 18 years that fall into four to five levels. For “Happy Dance,” every level of dancers will be taking part and different solos and duos will feature the different levels.

Mouzafarov says he is extremely thankful to everyone who supports him, especially the dance parents and volunteers who help out. He is thankful for the Minot community and is happy to be here, where he is able to have his studio and to be thriving.

Tickets for “Happy Dance” costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. They can be purchased in advance at Jacobsen Music, NW Music, Esoterica and Video Magic or at the door.

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