The Dancer’s Extension students collect supplies for Puerto Rico

Published 1:37 pm Thursday, December 28, 2017

Students from The Dancer’s Extension in Saluda recently spread Christmas cheer by performing for Saluda’s Hometown Christmas and the residents of Autumn Care Nursing Facility. 

Despite the snowstorm on Dec. 8, students were excited to have the opportunity to dance for the community on the rescheduled Hometown Christmas date of Dec. 15. Choreography was set to old favorites and new Christmas tunes, including one special song called “‘Zat You, Santa Claus?” This has become the annual Christmas dance for The Dancer’s Extension’s National Honor Society for Dance Arts candidates, and is a crowd favorite. Students grades six and up earn points towards induction in this program of the National Dance Education Organization by participating in community service events throughout the year.

During the holiday season, students gathered school supplies to send to children in Puerto Rico affected by the recent hurricanes. The box filled with school supplies will be delivered to Lilly Castro, a registered dance educator (RDE) in Puerto Rico. Ms. Sonya, director of The Dancer’s Extension, and Ms. Lilly became friends through the RDE program of the National Dance Education Organization. Students and their families from The Dancer’s Extension were glad to share Christmas cheer not only with those in Polk County, but also with those in Puerto Rico.

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The Dancer’s Extension offers instruction in ballet, pointe, jazz and contemporary dance, and focuses on an academic approach to dance education. For more information, contact the studio at 828-749-9EXT (9398) or follow us on Facebook.

submitted by Sonya Monts