Westport Dance Academy leaps and twirls to provide holiday meals


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Kayla Sirlin ’19

The Westport Dance Academy held a children’s tea party at the Westport Woman’s Club to raise money for the Project Love Holiday Meal Campaign on Saturday.

The senior company dancers partook in a series of mini dances while a Westport Woman’s Club member read the Nutcracker picture book, bringing the story alive for younger children. There were also sweet treats and tea to enjoy while watching the performance.

While the event was meant to be for the children, Staples High School dancers enjoyed the experience as well. “We took pictures with the girls and then we taught a mini ballet class with the 6 basic positions of ballet, which I really enjoyed,” Mae Logan ’19 said.

In addition, the event provided aspiring ballerinas with role models, allowing them to see what they could become if they continue with ballet classes.

“I remember that when I was younger, watching the older girls dance was so cool,” Elysse McCambley ’19 said. “It was our goal to give this same experience to the girls who attended the tea party.”

This event was also a perfect way to get prepared for the studio’s upcoming Nutcracker performance on December 3 and 4.

“This event eased some of the nervousness I feel before performing. It really helped me get into character and be more confident in the style of dance I’m doing, so it will be easier to enjoy the actual dancing once the show comes around,” Brooke Redmer ’19 said.

Aside from the well spent afternoon of dancing, the company provided meals to those in need during the holiday time. While the dancing, pictures, and food were fun, raising money was the most important aspect of the event.

Reflecting on the fundraiser, participants deemed it very successful. “I’m glad we got the opportunity to take part in this event, because it really did benefit everyone,” McCambley said.

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