Today's post is written by Klervae' Stinson, a current NCLAC intern who is a Visual & Performing Arts Senior at Grambling State University This year I, Klervae’ Stinson, am happy to announce that as part of the Holiday Arts Tour there will be a Community Variety Show. The acts include The Dixie Dancers of Ruston, LG Dance Studio, Percussive Arts
Institute of Ruston (PAIR), Grambling State University Choir, and Ruston Community Theatre. I am very excited to be a coordinator and stage manager for this show.
Our dance performances include The Dixie Dancers of Ruston and the LG Dance Studio. The Dixie Dancers describe themselves as a group of Ruston ladies who perform their tap dance routines, for free, at various venues in and around Ruston. They have completed more than 309 performances mainly for senior centers and have over 70 dances in their repertoire. I have heard so much about these dancing ladies and cannot wait to see what they have in store for everyone that evening!
The mission of the LG Dance Studios is to share the joy of dance. The co-founders of LG Dance Studios have brought over 30 years of combined experience in teaching, performing, and choreography. They want to offer training for everyone, starting from age 3 to adults, teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, and Specialty Classes. They want to share the joy of dance in a positive, nurturing environment. The studio is excited to bring their talents and love of dance home to Ruston. Both groups will be performing a number of dances pieces for the evening.
Our musical performances for the night are the Percussive Arts Institute of Ruston (PAIR) and Grambling State University Choir. The Percussive Arts Institute of Ruston seeks to bridge the gap between popular and academic music and to advance the percussive arts. PAIR provides free and low cost percussion instruction to children, training of music students at all ages and levels of experience, and enriching the skill set of music education professionals and fostering percussive arts appreciation in the community.
Grambling State University Choir has a rich heritage of presenting the finest quality of choral music since its origin in approximately 1947. The choir’s repertoire includes a diverse range of music that spans many generations and cultures, including classical, gospel, and contemporary popular music. The group has performed both nationally and internationally including a tour to the Island of Trinidad, West Indies. I have friends in the choir and I'm anxiously waiting for them to showcase their talent in the show. The choir will have a number of musical selections for the show that they have been working on throughout the semester.
The theatrical performance of the night will be by Ruston Community Theatre (RCT). It was formed on December 19, 1977 by a group of local citizens who loved theater and wanted to create an opportunity for the people of Ruston to direct, act, and attend local community productions. Without a facility the group performed in various places around the city of Ruston. I love that their founders would perform practically anywhere because like Shakespeare said, “All the World’s a Stage.” There was a need for this type of entertainment, and RCT continued to grow over the years. With the renovations of the Dixie Theater, RCT found its permanent home. When the Dixie Center for the Arts opened its doors in 2006, RCT moved in as a priority partner. Four plays are presented each season. RCT is governed by a board of directors elected by season membership. The theatre will be showing sneak-peeks of their Christmas production “Christmas Belles”, which will be showing December 5th – 8th.
I am anxious for all of our performers to illustrate what they have been preparing for the Community Variety Show. This will be my first time participating in something like this and I am excited to see how everything will go. The show will be November 24, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. at the Dixie Center for the Arts and admission is free! For more information and a complete schedule of the Holiday Arts Tour, visit nclarts.org, or call 318.255.1450. Hope to see you there!