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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Providence Creek Academy Ballet Theater to debut in 19th annual Delaware Dance Festival

  • It’s 9 a.m. on a gusty Saturday morning. Many kids under the age of 15 are probably being unproductive at this time – either still asleep, watching TV or messing around on Facebook. Yet three advanced dancers are rehearsing for their debut in the biggest performance of their lives, thus far: the 19th annual Delaware Dance Festival, which will kickoff at The Grand on Saturday, Mar. 3.


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  • It’s 9 a.m. on a gusty Saturday morning. Many kids under the age of 15 are probably being unproductive at this time – either still asleep, watching TV or messing around on Facebook. Yet three advanced dancers are rehearsing for their debut in the biggest performance of their lives, thus far: the 19th annual Delaware Dance Festival, which will kickoff at The Grand on Saturday, Mar. 3.
    Dancing machines
    The three Providence Creek Academy Ballet Theater dancers (11-year-old Sarah Turner; 12-year-old Aliyah Navarro and 15-year-old May Amisial) are refining their footwork with Stephanie Artigliere, the academy’s artistic instructor, in their new dance studio at Providence Creek Academy.
    The trio will be the only dancers from the academy to perform in the festival, as they’re the academy’s most advanced, said Artigliere, of Clayton, adding the academy offers lessons to students between the ages of four to 15.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT 19th annual Delaware Dance Festival
    WHEN 7 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 3
    WHERE The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington
    COST $20
    INFO ticketsatthegrand.org or call 652-5577
    “They’re amazing,” Artigliere said of her advanced dancers. “We’re so honored we’re able to showcase our dancers in a setting like this.”
    The girls will perform simple, contemporary dance steps to soft pianissimo-styled music. Though the choreography is straightforward, it’ll give her dancers the opportunity to showcase their exquisite skills, as each dancer brings strong qualities to the table, Artilgliere said.
    Turner, a sixth-grade dance major at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, is a pro at taking criticism.
    “She’s extremely mature for her age because she can take correction so well,” Artilgliere said. “It really shows in her dancing.”
    Turner believes accepting Artigliere’s criticisms will make her a better dancer.
    “I kind of just take the corrections seriously,” Turner said. “And then I just think about it for a while, and it goes into your muscle memory and comes naturally.”
    Navarro, a seventh-grader at Smyrna Middle School, is extremely flexible, as she can now hold a split for several minutes – something she wasn’t able to achieve until late last year. She credits her elasticity to diligently stretching more, in which she’ll sit facing a wall, then enter into a split with her legs hugging both each of the wall.
    “When I’m just watching TV, or doing something, I just go into a split and hold it there for about five minutes,” Navarro said.
    Meanwhile Amisial brings leadership, as well as unwavering discipline.
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    For information on enrolling your dancer at Providence Creek Academy Ballet Theater, visit https://sites.google.com/site/pcaballet/ or email Stephanie Artigliere at sartigliere@pca.k12.de.us
    “I push myself hard enough so I can get all the techniques and everything right,” said Amisial, adding, “Since I’m older, I’m a good example to the kids. I try to act right and do whatever my teacher wants me to do.”
    Having the opportunity to share the stage with other ballet companies and dance studios will be a new experience for the girls.
    “We usually perform [in Clayton] with our parents cheering for us,” Amisial said. “But it’s different because we’re going up north and there will be other professional ballet dancers, so I’m kind of nervous and excited at the same time.”
    Delaware Dance Festival
    The festival features a combined 18 dance studios and companies from Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Prior to showtime, Pennsylvania Ballet soloist James Ihde will host a ballet master class – offering dancers the opportunity to develop their skills.
    Proceeds from the festival will benefit Dance Delaware – a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art of dance in Delaware and the surrounding area by providing performance opportunities for dancers and scholarships for dance students.
     
     
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