St. John’s School of the Arts to hold spring dance performance

The dance ensemble of the Saint John’s School of the Arts, ranging in age from three years to adult, will present their annual spring performance at 2 p.m. May 11.

The event will be held in the auditorium of the Williamsport Area High School.

The performance features 17 numbers involving 153 dancers, representing 11 different classes.

The central theme for the performance is how dance can be an instrument to focus on God.

Music will include Christian, classical and secular selections.

The pointe class will open the program with a ballad of encouragement, “One More Time,” by Michael W. Smith.

The end of the dance depicts that God has given us His strength and the strength of others, to carry us through along with the power of prayer and love.

Students from the following classes will also perform: Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III, Home-Schooled Ballet I, Home-Schooled Ballet II, Modern I, Modern II, and Modern III.

Highlights of the afternoon’s performance include graduating high school seniors in “recognition dances.”

Each senior is featured and shares in the creative process of selecting their music, dancers, and choreography. Themes for these dances range from whimsical joy, gratitude for family and friends and the desire to put on the armor of God.

Graduating seniors are Havilah Browne (homeschool), Kiri Joy Boxmeyer (homeschool), Rebecca Keene (homeschool), Alyssa Kiess (WAHS), Stacy Loveland (WAHS), Priscilla Williams (homeschool), and Jessica Wollet (WAHS). Many of these seniors have danced with the School of the Arts for more than a decade, and some have been loyal teaching assistants for the younger dance classes.

“Our performance will close with two dances: “Amazing Grace” and “The Power of One.”

These dances depict slavery, both literally and as a slave to pride and idolatry. Through a foundation in Christ, we are set free. All of the dancers have worked hard and are excited to share their accomplishments with family and friends. The printed program includes a short biography on each dancer and to whom he or she dedicates their performance,” said dance instructor Theresa Kendall.

This year’s performance will include an assortment of props, banners, lighting and creative use of the stage and seating area for its presentation.

The School of the Arts dance program is noted for its tasteful, uplifting and affirming themes being reflected in its choreography, music and costumes.

“This performance is one of the highlights of the year for the students, their families, and persons who are well-acquainted with the School of the Arts dance program.

Even if you don’t know anyone who’s participating, you’ll find this event to be positive, energizing, encouraging, and family-friendly,” School of the Arts Director Anne Keely said.

Keely also noted this annual performance typically draws an attendance of more than 1,000 people.

The public is invited and a reception will be held following the performance. There is a suggested donation of $10 per family, payable at the door. For more information, call 327-5575.