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Gainesville Ballet Company offers 'Frozen' mini-camp for kids

Children ages 3 to 10 can enter a magical world of dancing and fun at “A Frozen Ballet Mini-Camp” set for Saturday, Feb. 24, provided by the Gainesville Ballet Company.

The camp runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Brenau University Fitness Center.

A ‘Frozen’ Ballet Mini-Camp

When: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: Brenau University Fitness Center/Gainesville School of Ballet Studios, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville

Cost: $30; pre-register by calling 770-532-4241, or register onsite beginning at 10 a.m.

“The camp will have a tea party feel and also a dance class feel,” said Carly Reid of the Gainesville Ballet Company. “The kids will be broken into age groups, and each group will have a certain character that they represent. In their groups, they can enjoy snacks while doing crafts, participate in a sing-along to songs from the movie, and take photos with several of the characters, including Ana and Elsa, from our upcoming production.”

The children will also learn a small dance routine from the company dancers that they will perform for the parents at the end of the camp.

“By making this camp three hours long as opposed to the two-hour camps that we usually do, we hope it will get kids interested in ballet and inspire the next generation of dancers in a setting that isn’t too serious,” Reid said. “We will also have the studios decorated to make things even more fun.”

Reid recommends that parents pre-register their children, because slots will fill up quickly.

The upcoming performance of “A Frozen Ballet” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium as part of the company’s Storybook Ballet series.

“The Storybook Ballets aren’t as traditional as our other ballets like ‘The Nutcracker’ because they are more modern and the music has words, but it gets kids interested,” Reid said. “They have all seen the movies before, so they are all very receptive of seeing the characters dancing on stage.”

“A Frozen Ballet” was choreographed by Kassandra Taylor-Newberry, a well-known choreographer. She originally planned to keep the production for her own dance company based on the movie’s popularity. The ballet will follow the story line of the movie, and feature company dancers ranging in age and experience from 7 years old to professional dancers.

“This will be the first time we have done a performance of ‘Frozen’ and the company is very excited,” Reid said. “The movie was an absolute hit when it first came out several years ago and still resonates with kids and adults in this day and age. The story has a great message, and we look forward to being able to share that with our audience.”

For more information or to register your child, contact Reid at 770-532-4241 or gbcinfo@gainesvilleballet.org.



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