Published Sunday, February 03, 2013

Wesley Woods, Benton House residents treated to dance performance

From Staff Reports

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Young performers from the Newnan School of Dance entertained residents of Wesley Woods and Benton House with their annual holiday show recently.

Dancers, singers and instrumentalists performed pieces from Vivaldi, The Nutcracker, Esmeralda, Swan Lake and Paquita as well as holiday standards like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and an oboe-accompanied opera song.

Members of the school’s Ballet 1 class portrayed angels in the performance, while Ballet 2 classes danced as Bon Bons and Chinese Tea and Ballet 3 students performed “Waltz of the Flowers.” Melinda Smith danced the Spanish dance from The Nutcracker, while Christina Kelly played the Sugar Plum Fairy and Laura Haag and Robin Sewell paired up for the Russian dance.

Kelly danced the part of the White Swan from Swan Lake at Wesley Woods and the Black Swan at Benton House, while Haag performed dances from Esmeralda and Paquita at both shows. Ballet 5 students danced to Carol of the Bells and Ballet 5/6 students donned antlers and red noses for “Rudolph.”

Sewell, an opera singer, treated the audience to an aria accompanied by Smith on oboe. Dance sibling Charles West performed Vivaldi’s Concerto A minor Opus 3 #6 Movement, and NSD student Maddie Jones led the crowd on guitar as they sang “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World” with residents to end the show.

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