December 7, 2009
Audiences flock to attend Winter Wonderland dance festival
Performing in front of two near capacity crowds, the Winter
Wonderland dance festival entertained audience members Friday and Saturday
in Cowley College’s Robert Brown Theatre.
More than 200 participants took part in the event, which had special performances by the Tigerette Danceline, Ark City Dance, Cindy’s School of Dance, and the Arkansas City High School Danceline.
“I am really happy with how it all turned out,” said Cowley College dance instructor Jennifer Blatchford said. “I think it was a great start to the holiday season.”
Led by Blatchford, students in Cowley College’s dance classes also put their talents on display. The students, which had worked on their performances since September, also helped work backstage.
“They were exhausted, but they got on stage, entertained, and had a blast,” Blatchford said.
Along with Blatchford, Cindy Bennett from Cindy’s School of Dance, and Blatchford’s mother, Terri Schroeder, who is the Director of Studio at Ark City Dance, helped put together performances. Participants in the show ranged from three years old through college age.
There were several genres of dancing on display. There was also a special vocal performance by Cowley College sophomore Whitnie Means, who filled in for another singer that was unable to perform due to illness. Means sang “Where are you Christmas” by Faith Hill.
“Whitnie nailed it, everyone said it was absolutely amazing,” Blatchford said.
With the Winter Wonderland dance festival growing in popularity, Blatchford is already thinking of ways to improve the event.
“I am already planning for next year,” Blatchford said. “We have heard very positive feedback from the community and look forward to having it at the college each year.”