Motown Meets Wicked in Fifth Grade Performing Arts Residency

BALLSTON SPA = Students from the Ballston Spa School District took to the stage on Feb. 14 to perform dance moves they learned as part of a children’s performing arts residency. 

A total of 90 5th grade students from Malta Avenue Elementary and Wood Road Elementary performed in a dance recital at the Malta Avenue auditorium. The Times Union (TU) was in attendance to record the performance, the culmination of an extra curricular arts program put on by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

The annual program began on Jan. 23, as part of the Ballston Spa School District’s commitment to enriching young students in the arts.  The children were instructed by SPAC’s Senior Director of Education Dennis Moench along with professional Broadway performers Barrett Davis and Jennifer Dinoia. Dinoia recently completed a year long Broadway run where she played the lead in the smash hit, Wicked.

Also on SPAC’s team, according to the TU, were keyboardist  Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and percussionist Brian Melick of the HEARD jazz ensemble.

According to Wood Road Elementary , the students were instructed in dance inspired by the unique sounds of 1960’s Motown. After weeks of practice, the fifth graders were finally able to show their parents what happens when Motown meets the Wicked Witch of the West, a Valentines Day performance sure to enrich the children’s love of the arts.

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Matthew Mirro is a student at the University at Albany, New York. Originally from Long Island, Mirro is a journalism major with minors in political science and history. A political junky, aspiring historian and sports fanatic, Mirro has written for other publications including Baseball Magazine and the Albany Student Press. He hopes to pursue a career as an author.

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