The Macholah Ballet utilized an interstellar theme for its 2021 recital held at Cabell Midland High School on Saturday, June 5. The recital, which was called “Otherworldly: Made for Another World,” featured space-themed costumery and songs.
The Macholah Ballet company opened its performance by stepping backward in time by more than three hundred years by putting on an abbreviated production of “Pilgrim’s Progress.” This famous Christian allegory was written in 1678 by John Bunyan, a Puritan preacher. Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress while imprisoned for his religious stance. Dancers portrayed a man called Christian as he encounters trial upon trial as he journeys to the Celestial City. His odyssey ends with victory at the cross of Christ.
The recital is the culmination of nearly a half year of dance classes and practice.
The Macholah Ballet is a Christian dance studio which offers lessons in ballet, tap, and jazz for all ages. The studio gets its name from a Hebrew word meaning to dance in unity. Every year, they hold a recital in late spring. The ballet company also performs “The Nativity,” a ballet based upon the Christmas story, every winter at the Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Hurricane. The studio is located in Scott Depot, beside the Save-A-Lot.