Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts celebrates 25 years

 Commentary by Rebecca Johnson
Special to the Times-News

Rebecca Johnson, center, has participated in dance classes at the Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts since the age of 3. / Brian Sasser

Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts (BADA) has been a place that our family could call home for the past 22 years. Five sisters have grown up dancing here since the age of 3 until they graduated high school. This year will be bittersweet not only for me, because I am graduating, but also for my whole family because I will be the last one who will be dancing with BADA.

Luckily, we will be leaving at a special time in the history of the studio — its 25th birthday celebration. All of the BADA dancers look forward to May with great anticipation for the year-end performances and this one will be especially memorable for us and our audience.

In addition to our 25th celebration performances that feature jazz, modern, tap, ballet and some special guest dancers at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at McCrary Theatre, we will be presenting one of our favorite ballet productions — “Cinderella” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 27 at McCrary Theatre on the campus of Elon University. It has been BADA’s tradition to produce this classic ballet every five years.

It is so fitting for me to be a part of this in my final year. My oldest sister’s first full ballet performance was as a mouse in the studio’s debut presentation of “Cinderella” and now I get to finish my career at BADA dancing in the same tradition. Please join us for these shows and share in the celebration.

Tickets to “Cinderella” are $14 reserved and $12 for general admission and tickets for the 25th anniversary celebration are $10 for general admission and $12 reserved and can be purchased by calling (336) 584-6727, email at office@badadance.com, the McCrary Theatre today through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door as well. For more information, visit www.badadance.com.

 Rebecca Johnson is a senior at Williams High School and the daughter of Karen and Steve Johnson of Burlington.

 

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