SPAC helps kids per­form Mo­town dance show

Fourth-graders par­tic­i­pate in res­i­dency pro­gram

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lau­ren Halligan lhal­li­[email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com

BALL­STON LAKE, N.Y. >> Lo­cal stu­dents pre­sented a Mo­town dance show on Tues­day, with a lit­tle help from Saratoga Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.

As part of its com­mit­ment to youth arts ed­u­ca­tion, SPAC once again launched its pub­lic school dance res­i­dency, this time at Charl­ton Heights El­e­men­tary School in Ball­ston Lake.

A to­tal of 100 fourth grade stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the 10week res­i­dency, which con­sisted of weekly dance lessons with highly-trained SPAC artists de­signed around teach­ing Broad­way-style jazz dance in­spired by the mu­sic and chore­og­ra­phy of Mo­town.

“They’re su­per ex­cited. They’ve been work­ing re­ally hard, so this is the most re­ward­ing part for them,” SPAC’s se­nior di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion Den­nis Moench said just be­fore the stu­dent recital on Tues­day in the school gym­na­sium.

In cel­e­brat­ing of the 60th an­niver­sary of the school, those in­volved in the pro­gram stud­ied and per­formed Mo­town-era dances from the 1960s.

PHO­TOS BY LAU­REN HALLIGAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Stu­dents dance to a Temp­ta­tions song on Tues­day at Charl­ton Heights El­e­men­tary School, part of a Mo­to­town-themed Fourth Grade Dance Res­i­dency with Saratoga Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.

Stu­dents watch a dance per­for­mance on Tues­day at Charl­ton Heights El­e­men­tary School.

Saratoga Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter’s se­nior di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion Den­nis Moench leads Charl­ton Heights El­e­men­tary School fourth graders in a dance per­for­mance as part of a Mo­to­town-themed Fourth Grade Dance Res­i­dency.

Saratoga Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter’s se­nior di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion Den­nis Moench leads Charl­ton Heights El­e­men­tary School fourth graders in a dance per­for­mance as part of a Mo­to­town-themed Fourth Grade Dance Res­i­dency.

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