BADA to perform ‘Abraca … BADA’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’

BADA will perform "Alice In Wonderland" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2016, in McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus. / Bob Stuart Photography

By Becky Thomas
Special to the Times-News

Sixteen years ago, I fell down a rabbit hole. Much like Alice when she began her adventures in Wonderland, I began a magical dance education at Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts (BADA) as a child. Growing up as a BADA dancer enriched my childhood in many positive ways. This “rabbit hole” taught my friends and I the importance of teamwork and leadership, encouraged independence and instilled confidence and courage to express ourselves through movement. BADA has prepared me, as a high school senior, for the next stage in life and has taught us seniors that we, like Alice, are no longer children.
BADA is all about magic and transformations. While it is true that dance has taught discipline, respect, teamwork, leadership, responsibility and independence, there is so much more that BADA has given me. One of the best things about BADA is that it nurtures a magical passion for dance and inspires confidence. Through constructive and uplifting encouragement, the BADA instructors are supportive and caring like parents, while at the same time, deliver unrivaled dance training. The bonds formed between fellow dancers are deep and lasting, like a family’s love. Younger dancers look up to and admire older dancers for the magic in their dancing, just as the older dancers enjoy spending time with the younger ones. The older dancers connect with the younger ones because they used to be them, and are able to reflect back on their magical childhood at BADA. Part of the magic is growing from one of those wide-eyed little girls into an accomplished dancer.
I am who I am today because of BADA. These past 16 years have been a magical journey through BADA, my own “Wonderland.” I am proud of being a BADA student, and although I may be graduating this year and moving on to other things, I will always come back to visit my second home, because the magic created at BADA is something special that never leaves you no matter where it takes you.
If you would like to experience this magic, Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts will be performing “Abraca … BADA!”, a concert performance featuring dancers of all ages from BADA’s young dancer, tap, jazz, contemporary, acro, hip-hop and lyrical programs as well as BADA’s nonprofit youth performing company, KARIZMA, and BADA’s Pre-Professional company, KARIZMA II. The shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 28, 2016,  in McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased at the door. Additionally, BADA’s ballet program will perform a full-length ballet of “Alice in Wonderland,” based on the Lewis Carroll novel, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2016. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased at the door.

Becky Thomas is a senior at Williams High School.

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