BADA to present its spring production

BADA will present its spring production May 30-June 1, 2014 at McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus. / Briona Kiser, Times-News correspondent

By Briona Kiser
Times-News correspondent

   ELON — The Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts (BADA) brings you a life changing experience — a trip around the world. As BADA presents its spring production, the performing arts’ group takes the audience on a whirlwind trip to London, Rio, France, the United States and all the way back home to Burlington through “Traveling to the Beat.”
In addition to this production, BADA’s ballet will also be performing William Shakespeare’s comedic play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” about events surrounding an Athenian marriage, interaction with a group known as the mechanicals and the manipulation of a group of fairies.

BADA has been performing for 27 years. Patty Brothers, the owner and a teacher at BADA, said that 15 seniors will be graduating this year, and some will have solos in the ballet.
“This performance is a celebration to show all of our hard work from the year, to share it with others, and by doing that maybe other boys and girls in the community can follow in our footsteps,” said senior Mackenzie Bell.
“As a senior, knowing this will be my last performance is bittersweet. I have been dancing for 15 years and it is sad to see something that has had such a big impact on my life, come to a close,” Bell said. “I know this is not the end and I will always come back and visit and will cherish every memory made at the Burlington Academy. To me, these performances are so much more than getting dressed up and dancing on a big stage. It is to show the community and our loved ones a passion we hold near and dear to our heart.”
BADA has paired with the Alamance Regional Medical Center’s Charitable Foundation, which sponsors the Pink Ribbon Fund to help area breast cancer patients. TuTu’s for TaTa’s is a group of men dancers who perform locally collecting funds and bringing awareness to breast cancer and its research.
At a recent Pink Ribbon luncheon, the TuTu’s for TaTa’s dancers performed as well as collecting donations to support the cause.
TuTu’s for TaTa’s volunteers will continue to raise funds through the weekend performances. All funds collected, both at the luncheon and the BADA performances, will be given to the Pink Ribbon Fund to provide mammograms and other services for those in need.
“Traveling to the Beat” will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus.
Tickets are $14 for “Traveling to the Beat” and $16 for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and are available at McCrary Theatre Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. as well as before all shows.
To check the ticket status, call (336) 584-6727 or visit www.bada Be sure to reserve your tickets now, and prepare yourself for a globally exhilarating experience.

 Briona Kiser is a senior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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