Newnan School of Dance presents 'Variations' and 'Nursery Rhymes'


Swan Lake” opened Act I, at left, followed by performances by the school’s youngest dancers, which included these young ladies. Numbers included Tiny Tots and Primary Tots in ballet and tap numbers such as “Little Bo Peep” and “Firework.” 

Students from the Newnan School of Dance presented “Variations” and “Nursery Rhymes” during their annual recital at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan recently.

Ensemble pieces included Maskarade/ Masquerade and portions of “Swan Lake” featuring Christina Kelly as Odette. Kelly, a 2013 graduate of Northgate High School, also was a member of NSD’s Senior Company along with Melinda Smith, a 2013 graduate of Newnan High School, and East Coweta High School’s Laura Haag.

Newnan High 2013 salutatorian Abbie Gordon, also a student at NSD, joined the other two graduates in solo performances closing out their senior year. Gordon has been with NSD for 10 years, Smith for 12 and Kelly for 15.

“Swan Lake” opened Act I, followed by performances by the school’s youngest dancers. Numbers included Tiny Tots and Primary Tots in ballet and tap numbers such as “Little Bo Peep” and “Firework.” Ballet I students also performed, and soprano Robin Sewell with accompanist Alison Post presented an opera piece by Claude Debussy to close out the first half of the show.

Act II began with “Maskarade/ Masquerade,” leading into performances featuring Ballet 2, 3, 4 and 5, Advanced Ballet and Adult Ballet students. Beginning, intermediate and advanced students performed in jazz, tap and modern numbers as well as contact improvisation during Act II as well.

Junior Company members presented a piece choreographed by Haag, who was the group’s 2012-13 sponsor, to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” Members included Janey Rose Spragins, Elizabeth West, Anna Grace Rogers, Elizabeth Boatright, Savannah Rose Leftwich, Maddie Jones, Kaitlyn Adams, Kayln Washington, Courteney Spencer and Emily Boatright.

Newnan School of Dance will hold summer dance camp July 8-12 at the studio, located at 8A LaGrange Street. Ages 3-6 will attend from 9:30-11:45 a.m. and cost is $100 Ages 7-12 will attend from 1-5 p.m. and cost is $200.

Registration for 2013-14 classes will be held July 21. For information on camps or classes, call 770-253-2623 or visit NSD’s Facebook page.

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