The Carolina Snowbelles, a local precision dance troupe, will be making its debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on December 15.
The 28-member dance troupe will perform its new holiday show titled “A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas” on the prestigious Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center.
The Carolina Snowbelles Precision Dance Company will perform along with the Western Carolina Youth Ballet Company, directed respectively by Cheryl Cutlip and Brad Parquette, as part of the one-hour production.
The troupe has been preparing for the show since August and the D.C. performance will be their “most ambitious one to date”.
Precision tap, jazz, vocal performance and ballet, apart from spoken word and interaction with the audience will be part of the program.
“Our creative team thought it would be a fantastic challenge for the company members age 10 and up to not only learn the unique style of precision dance but to also experience creating a one-hour production and travel to (Washington, D.C.) and (New York City) to perform,” said Cutlip, a member of The Rockettes from 1993 to 2008.
The show is free to attend at The Kennedy Center. Those unable to attend can view the performance streamed online at kennedy-center.org/video/live.
“Precision dance is an entirely different medium of the art form than most young girls experience, requiring incredible teamwork, which can be a challenge for adolescent girls,” said Karyn Kennedy Herterich, president of the Kennedy-Herterich Foundation.
“One of the most positive impacts of Cheryl’s lessons has been the incredible communication skills – especially with older people – and the development of poise and self-esteem. These traits will prove to be invaluable to their futures,” said Herterich.
The Carolina Snowbelles believe in teamwork, tapping talent of individual dancers to maximize the success of the whole unit during their performances.