By KAYE WOODWARD
Former PHS Faculty Member
When I returned to Preston High School in 1996, I was elected to the Preston Education Association leadership. As part of those responsibilities, I went to Preston School Board meetings and was in attendance the night Alexis Beckstead presented a petition to the Board to allow her to start a dance company at Preston High.
They, of course, asked me if I thought it would benefit the high school and I agreed wholeheartedly.
As part of her being allowed to have the dance company, the Board stressed that not only would she not charge students anything extra, but she would also make it possible for all students to participate.
She agreed to the terms and she and the doctor have paid for most expenses of this company over the years. Students have paid for their own t-shirts, shoes, pants or Levis and some uniforms.
This expense climbed as the team grew to over one hundred participants. Alexis has kept her word to the Preston School Board and kept the expenses down.
For this I am profoundly grateful. My niece and nephews, who lived in this area and wanted to dance, have her to thank for some of their dancing abilities (part of dancing is a natural ability) and especially their love of dancing.
I do not think I have ever seen a thank you extended to the Becksteads publicly, other than at the spring dance concert; therefore, I am taking this opportunity. Since Alexis and the Doc are classical dancers and were part of the BYU Dance Team, they train the students in this style.
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