Winchester Christian Ballet to perform Christmas program

Published 11:03 am Friday, December 16, 2016

This weekend, about 50 dancers will take the stage at Campbell Junior High School as the Winchester Christian Ballet presents it’s Christmas performance.

This year, the performance will have two themes. The first will be Classical Variations, featuring dancers doing solo performances from well-known classical ballets. This year’s show will feature performances from “Sleeping Beauty” and “Coppelia.”

The second theme will be “This Season of Giving,” a more traditional recital where each class at the ballet school will perform a number with the common thread of gift giving as a central point.

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“At Christmastime, we give gifts to each other, and Jesus is a gift to us and then we give ourselves to him as well,” dance teacher Davina Garrett said.

The school has been preparing for this weekend’s show since September, according to Kelly Yates, a member of the school’s board of directors.

Dancers spent hours training and learning new dances, and parents and teachers created props, designed costumes and more.

The school will have two performances — at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, Yates said, but a love offering will be taken during the show to help cover the cost of the performance as well as assist in meeting other goals.

“We’re going to use part of that to create a small dance scholarship for some dancers here,” Yates said. “And then we’re going to donate some to a local charity.”

Yates said the donation is a part of the school’s ministry.

“It’s our way of being able to spread the gospel with the community,” she said. “Our focus is to try and get the audience to see Jesus in whatever we do. We do that in the classes too. Davina does a really good job of giving people a chance to learn how to dance and worship God using that talent that he gave them.”

Winchester Christian Ballet has been operating under its current name for five years. Yates said it has been in operation under different names in the community for about 15 years under the direction of board chairman Mary Bolar.

While most of the dancers are from the Winchester-Clark County community, some come from surrounding counties in the Bluegrass region as well, including Fayette, Bath and Jessamine counties.