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Dianne Richards Powell

Profile Updated: August 18, 2016
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Duane Powell
Retired Las Vegas middle school dance teacher
Sarah (Harper), born 1973; Weston, born 1976; Cameron, born 1977; Spencer, born 1979; Whitney (Stephenson) More…& Courtney (Hinton), born 1983; Emily (Dixon), born 1985
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1970 Taught English & Dance at East High. Also the Pep Club Sponsor!
1975 Moved to Champaign-Urbana for husband to attend U of Illinois - MFA in Photography
1978 Moved to Carbondale, Illinois, for husband to teach at S.I.U
1980 Taught Dance in four Southern Illinois towns. Busy with 7 kids!
1989 Moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where husband had commercial photo studio
2000 Moved to Las Vegas where I taught Dance at Fertitta Middle School
2013 LDS NYNY North mission, serving in the Bronx. Awesome experience!
2015 Moved back 'home' on Sunrise Ave to provide care for my 93 year old dad

School Story

Senior year, I remember acting the part of an aged invalid in a Murder Mystery. I spent the entire play in bed being cared for by Doctor Lane Howell & Nurse Martha Hughes. In the last scene, I surprised everyone by walking out of my room to supposedly shoot Big Bad Murderer Steve Christensen, who was strangling sweet Ingenue Marlene Geertsen. Unfortunately, the gun didn't go off! My first impulse was to yell "BANG!" Gratefully, I didn't, but instead hobbled across the stage and began hitting Steve on the back with the gun. Under his breath, he forcefully whispered,"Hit me on the head!" which I did and he obligingly fell over 'dead.' (Yeah, right :-) My blood was sure pumping but I guess it worked.
The next night, there were at least four other people besides me with a 'loaded' gun "just in case." Can you imagine the fun chaos if mine had failed again? It would have turned the entire thing into a comedy! I remember lots of fun times performing in plays and dancing in concerts. I miss that old stage and auditorium!!

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Posted on: Aug 18, 2016 at 5:55 PM

I was just in NYC a month ago! I wish so much I had known you are now living there. I spent a lot of time across the street from Juilliard and often thought of you having been a student there! I would love to have seen some of your choreography or see you dance! We love NYC and will, I'm sure get back there again.
One of the things I remember about you is being very jealous of your feet...so perfectly made for dancing on point, whereas I had an extremely long big toe and an exaggerated slant to my pinkie. Ouch! We had some good times putting the Dance Concerts together.
I was living in Las Vegas when my husband had a stroke. I had to return to full-time teaching. It was going to be Dance or English...I chose Dance! Although I had operated neighborhood dance studios wherever I had lived, it was a stretch for me to go full-time in the public school system. Gratefully, I loved working with the kids and they were very patient with me. It got harder and harder as the dancers on "SYTYCD" got better and better. "Can you teach us how to do that," my students would ask. I was sorry to disappoint. :-(
Here we are in "Three Billy Goats Gruff." What WERE we thinking?

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Posted on: Aug 18, 2016 at 12:02 PM

Hi Jon. So fun to see that you were serving a mission in the East. Just missed you. My husband and I were in the NYNY North Mission, serving in the Bronx from 2013 to 2015. Loved it. Because we have lived in the "mission field" most of our married lives, the church and its members have been central to everything we have done...like family. It is strange to be back in the home I grew up in...we are taking care of my 93 year old dad...but I'm so glad I am finally in town for a class reunion. I look forward to seeing you this weekend! Dianne

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Posted on: Aug 18, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Hi John, we spent 11 years in St. Louis! Loved it...except for the humidity! We were in Chesterfield Ward. Highlight of our stay was being so involved in the Temple Open House, Dedication, etc. It was a miracle to be in the temple in 10 minutes instead of having to drive to Washington DC, or even Chicago! I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

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