Dancers ready to take the stage

John Rohlf/Clinton HeraldThe dancers in the upcoming Disney-themed performance for the Gateway Contemporary Ballet are (front row from left) Mallory Bradley, Rebekah Jaeger and Avery Findlay; and (back row, from left) Abby McQuistion, Kelsey McClenning, Abigail Kull, Danyka Jaeger and Athei Chagai.

CLINTON — The Gateway Contemporary Ballet in Clinton is putting the finishing touches on its annual spring show, which will take place on Sunday.

Assistant Director Kimberlin Richardson and the eight ballet dancers have been preparing for the show since January. Dancers range in age from 7 to 17; the show they are currently preparing will have a variety of music and dances, from classical to jazz to mixed.

“The show is Disney-themed, so it will feature songs from Disney movies,” Richardson said. “The audience will be able to remember tales from their childhood they remember. They will be able to feel like a little kid again.

The Gateway Contemporary Ballet studio puts on two shows a year. Richardson said they have been preparing for the show since January. They often practice for two or three hours at a time and Richardson noted it can be very time consuming. 

On Saturday, the day before the performance, the Gateway Contemporary Ballet will be putting on a Disney tea party at Vinnie’s Lounge in Clinton. The event starts at 2 p.m. and goes until 4 p.m. They will have snacks and participants will be able to make a variety of things, including necklaces and cookies. The event is geared towards children, but anyone is welcome to attend. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 the day of the event.

The performance on Sunday will take place at the Clinton Masonic Center. It will begin at 2 p.m.

Herald Staff Writer John Rohlf can be reached at jrohlf@clintonherald.com.

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