Friday, August 4, 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
“Kick Up Your Heels” with this year’s debut signature artist for 2017, The Highlands Ballet Company! Rooted in a foundation of classical training, the Highlands Ballet infuses their repertoire with contemporary and modern dance, flavored with a jazz twist. See dancers kick up their heels featuring excerpts from their original ballet, Gershwin, By George, (music by George Gershwin); Little Bird (music by Annie Lennox), Echoes (music by Pink Floyd), and the 2017 signature art video choreography, Can’t Stop The Feeling!
Admission – Adults $10, Students $5
Founded in 1994 in the heart of Abingdon, the Highlands Ballet and its feeder school, the Highlands Center for Ballet Arts, offers training in classical ballet, contemporary dance, modern, jazz, and kindermusik. Developing healthy bodies, positive self-esteem, and promoting goodwill to all is the primary focus of Highlands Ballet and their faculty. Please visit their signature artist page to learn more about this innovative company!
Joining Highlands Ballet in our Kick Up Your Heels concert and proudly featuring other dance schools from the Abingdon area:
· The Appalachian Center for Ballet
· Grace Studio of Motion and Dance
· Xtreme Dance Company
The Appalachian Center for Ballet will perform excerpts from their full-length ballet production of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves. Established in 1980 by Erica Becher Dye with locations in Abingdon, Honaker, and Lebanon, VA, the studio offers classes in classical ballet for dancers beginning at age three. Erica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Ballet from Virginia Intermont College and completed her graduate work at Adelphi University in New York. Originally from New York, Erica began her ballet training with the Andre Eglevsky School of Ballet and The American Ballet Theatre School in New York City.
Grace Studio of Motion and Dance (GSMD) opened in 2011 and is owned and directed by April Grace, a native of Abingdon. April earned her bachelor’s degree in Dance from Radford University and has been sharing her love of dance ever since. GSMD offers Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Tap. Their goal is to help students understand and appreciate dance as an art, while giving them confidence in their everyday lives. They believe that it is never too late to learn to dance and offer a welcoming atmosphere for all levels. GSMD also offers opportunities for competition dancers. Their team has attended competitions for four years and has received numerous high awards. GSMD is very excited to be participating in the Kick Up Your Heels dance concert.
Xtreme Dance Company (XDC) Xtreme Dance Company is a fully-equipped and dynamic dance studio located in the heart of Appalachia, in Bristol VA. From rustic to urban–whatever suits your style–diversity is important to XDC. Whether you wish to pursue a traditional form of dance or maybe something fresh and new, they will find a class that suits your needs. Currently, they offer classes in the following genres: Ballet, Clogging, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Acrobatics for ages 4 & up, and Tumbling Toddlers for 2-3 year-olds.