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Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts presents ‘Unto Us A Son’

By Kamryn Guye

From left to right: Noah Dupont (Baby Jesus) and Virginia Dupont (Mary) are shown in Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts’ “Unto Us A Son.” [Bob Stuart Photography

Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts presents the ballet production of “Unto Us A Son” to the Alamance County community every two years.
   The ballet tells the original story of the birth of Jesus Christ through dance and music. Virginia Dupont, director of Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts (BADA), has been dancing the role of Mary since 1997.
   “The birth is easily my favorite moment in the ballet. It is filled with so many quiet ’God moments’ that reach beyond what mere words can convey,” Dupont said. “My faith along with dance are two of the most important things in my life.”
   This year’s show is quite special to Dupont, since all three of her children and her husband will be performing alongside her.
   Maeve Deltano, a senior in high school, will be performing in the show for the last time.
   Deltano, who plays the role of the star in the East, said “knowing it’s my last one is hard.”
   The show brings a feeling of hope, joy, and togetherness to the cast and audiences alike.
   “You’ll leave the performance knowing just how much God loves you and be encouraged to spread his love to others,” said Riley Fennelle, a senior dancer in the production who plays several roles, including a villager, a heavenly host and the lead angel.
   And whether it’s your first time attending or your tenth, Dupont adds that the show will put your heart, mind and soul in a wonderful place, just in time for the holiday season.
   Showtimes are 7 p.m. Dec. 19-20 in the McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more details, call 336-584-6727.
Kamryn Guye is a senior at Williams High School and a Times-News intern. 

Poll: How do you spread Christmas cheer?

   Teens & 20s asked teens and twenty-somethings — “How do you spread Christmas cheer during the holidays?”
   “By being nice to others.” — Malorie Evans, eighth-grader, Southern Alamance Middle School
   “I make fun little personalized gifts for my friends based on their interests. I think that it really shows I care about them as a person.” — Kaleigh Farrell, senior, Burlington Christian Academy
   “Giving gifts to friends who don’t expect it.” — Clark West of Burlington
   “Singing loud for all to hear.” — Ellie Saylor, sophomore, Eno River Academy
   “I wear Christmas earrings every school day leading up to Christmas break, just to inspire a little Christmas spirit in my classmates.”— Sydney Thomas, senior, Burlington Christian Academy
Emily Clark is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & 20s writer.

Things To Do (week of Dec. 9, 2019)

• Holiday Magic: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, downtown Burlington. Free, but some events may require a fee. or visit B-Town Events on Facebook.
• Snow Camp Christmas Parade: 1 p.m. Saturday in Snow Camp. A holiday market will also be held. Free, but some events require a fee.
• Gibsonville Christmas Parade: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Gibsonville. 336-449-7241 or visit

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