This article appears in the January 28th edition of the Times-News!
Dance center to perform winter concertsCommentary by Leigh Stanfill Special to the Times-News
Burlington Dance Center’s Burlington Ballet company will present its second annual Winter Concert on Friday and Saturday at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington.
“The winter concert gives our young ballerinas an opportunity to come and watch what they dream of being one day. My little ones love to see the company girls dance on their toes. The also love the chance to dress up and be a part of the audience,” said Kim Black, an instructor at the dance center.
Burlington Ballet is the official affiliate performing company from Burlington Dance Center (BDC) and is made up of the junior and senior companies, which includes dancers from throughout Alamance County.
Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.
A multitude of pieces will be performed including Waltz of the Flowers and Waltz of the Snowflakes from “The Nutcracker,” along with Sapphires, a Balanchine-inspired ballet piece with music by Vivaldi. We also will have the Scotch Ballet, Temptations (choreographed by BDC student Doria Worden), and Arms (choreographed by Elon University senior dance major Alex Kelly).
We are also performing a complete ballet, “Peter and the Wolf,” in which I am Peter. I cannot remember a time when I did not dance. Dance is a way for me to just let go, and a normal week for me is full of dance. I dance with the Senior Company while I also take jazz and Pointe Variations.
Although I dance jazz and ballet, ballet is my favorite. I believe that it is partly because of the wonderful people in the Senior Company and my amazing ballet teacher, Betsy Walker.
Walker grew up dancing in her mother’s studio and went on to graduate from The Juilliard School in New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. She currently is the owner of Burlington Dance Center and teaches dance at Williams High School. Mrs. Betsy is a wonderful teacher, for she pushes us, challenges us and excites us. Under her wonderful teaching, I have flourished.
Next month, members of the Senior Company will go to the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem for its annual festival. Dancers from throughout the state will take a weekend of classes taught by faculty members in a variety of styles. In May, the little ballerinas will join the Burlington Ballet in performing our Spring Concert.
Tickets for this weekend’s shows are $10 for adults and $8 for children 3 to 12 years old and are sold at the Burlington Dance Center, located at 2052 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, and at the theater for 30 minutes prior to each performance. Contact Betsy Walker at (336) 266-2287 or bwalker @BurlingtonDance.com or Kim Black at (336) 213-7407 for more information.
Leigh Stanfill is a sixth-grader at Burlington Day School.