Saint John’s School of the Arts to present annual spring performance

Saint John’s School of the Arts (SOTA) dance ensemble, from ages three to adult, will present their annual spring performance featuring 16 numbers with 165 dancers representing 11 classes at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Williamsport Area High School’s auditorium.

Highlights include the “Senior recognition dances” where graduating students of the SOTA dance ensemble are featured and shares in the creative process of selecting their music, dancers and choreography. Graduating dancers are Dawson Harvey, Emma Hess and Aria Meixel.

“Dancing with SOTA has impacted me so much by allowing me to grow, experience life in a broader scope, and become a stronger, more determined, helpful and loving person,” Hess said.

Students from the Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III, Home-Schooled Ballet I, Home-Schooled Ballet II, Modern I, Modern II, Modern III and Pointe classes will perform. Props, banners, lighting and creative use of the stage and seating area will be featured.

This year’s program will end with the piece “God Has Smiled … This is Me.” This piece begins with hymns reminding us of God’s promises and become a contemporary anthem for embracing who you are.

Tickets can be bought at the door and children five and under are free.

The School’s dance company performed “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Community Arts Center with the Lycoming College Wind Ensemble. They also have performed with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and Williamsport Youth Symphony. Saint John’s SOTA was founded in 1996 and has more than 210 students enrolled in the spring semester. It offers children, youth and adults in the region private and class instruction in music, dance and fine arts.

Registration for the summer semester begins May 14.

For more information, call 570-327-5575 or email sota@stjnumc.com.