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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Beacon Bits -- Behind the Scenes

Yanarella School of Dance had its 55th Annual Recital on Friday 11/22/13 and Saturday 11/23/13 at the Pete and Toshi Seeger Auditorium in Beacon High School. This terpsichorean celebration signifies the success of the Main Street dance studio over many years prior to Beacon's resurgence in the last ten years post-Dia Beacon. One has to wonder how many hours of practices go into a stage ready performance, how many costume changes, how many hours of parents driving and waiting for their children to finish classes, and how many hours perfecting choreography that it takes over the course of one year -- let alone realizing that this has been going on year after year -- across generations of Beaconites who persevered through the tough times on Main Street to see that the legacy of dance can still light up even the darkest night.

Getting ready!
Time to get moving!

Getting ready for Polar Express

"It's almost time to go on stage again!"

"I think we are ready to go."
Perfect Pointe!

Beauty in motion

It's never too late!

Encore! Time to take a bow........
Food for Thought: Alvin Ailey said, "Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and it should always be delivered back to the people." I say there are no excuses anymore. It doesn't matter what size you are, or how old or how tall you are or whether your feet are perfect. It just matters that you have the need to express your feelings in movement and that you have the desire to be challenged to do something new. Motor learning is an excellent way to create new neural pathways. Everyone knows that rhythm is inherently natural -- just watch a baby respond to music -- and it is known that dance has social and communal implications -- just look at anthropological studies across diverse cultures. While dance may become the next hot topic in cognitive neuroscience, it may also be an immediate vehicle to connect with neighbors and friends in the spirit of community. So it's time for the new Beacon to join in the dance of the old Beacon! There is still time to register for the 2014 cycle of classes.
Thank you Angela for two years of beginner adult dance lessons!

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