MIDLANDS — Area nursing and retirement homes will ring with the sound of taps and little voices during the week of May 20 through May 25 as students from S.C. Music and Dance Academy continue a tradition that has spanned more than three decades.
Saluda Nursing Center, Lexington Medical Center Extended Care, Springfield Place of Newberry, Generations of Batesburg and Agape Senior Center of Columbia will be treated to a “preview” of the dancers’ spring shows.
Christy Shealy Mills, director of the studios, realized the benefit for both residents and dancers when she started these shows 34 years ago at Rikard’s Nursing Home.
“Someone called requesting hula dancers for a luau-themed function,” Mills said. “We didn’t have any hula dancers on hand, but we quickly put some together and thus began what has become the most important part of our studios. It is fun for everyone and a great setting for new dancers to try out their routines. Everyone is appreciated and we appreciate having such a receptive audience.”
Guitar and voice students joined the dancers five years ago to bring the sound of music to those who can’t get out to experience such shows, recitals and concerts.
Students from the branches in all five towns will present free recitals at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 26 at the Lexington District Three Fine Arts Center at Batesburg High School. The public is invited.
This year’s show is titled “Wacky Weather” and will feature such numbers as “Blue Skies,” “Heatwave” and “Hot, Hot, Hot.”
For more information, call 803-924-1231 or email Mills at Christy.Mills@SCMusicAndDanceAcademy.com.