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MACHOLAH BALLET RECITAL: ‘The Watchmaker’s Daughter’ and ‘Sea Salt and Sun Light’

Macholah Ballet performers portray pirates in an exciting dance number.

The Macholah Ballet finished up another year of dance with their 2024 recital, which was held on Saturday, May 11, at St. Albans High School.

The recital opened with an interpretive production of “The Watchmaker’s Daughter” which was put on by the studio’s senior company. “The Watchmaker’s Daughter” was inspired by the true story of Dutch Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom. During World War II, Corrie and her sister Betsie sheltered Jewish refugees in their watch shop, assisting them in their attempts to escape. Unfortunately, the two sisters were eventually caught by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp. Betsie’s health deteriorated, leading to her death, but Corrie was released due to a clerical error. After the war, Corrie founded a home for survivors of concentration camps and then traveled the world as a missionary.

The second half of the recital showcased the hard work of the Macholah Ballet’s various dance classes. The theme was “Sea Salt and Sun Light,” and each of the routines were inspired by ocean life and tropical locations. There was a total of twenty-seven dance numbers which incorporated a variety of dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop.

The Macholah Ballet is a Christian ballet studio which was founded in 2002. The studio takes its name from a Hebrew word meaning to dance in unity. During the school year, Macholah offers a variety of classes for all ages, including adults. The studio is located at 6422 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot, beside Save-A-Lot.

While dance classes are over for the season, the Macholah Ballet holds various summer activities. Upcoming events include Masterpiece Dance and Art Camp for ages 6-10 on June 17-21; an Aristocrats-themed dance camp for ages 4-6 on July 11 and 12; A Mad Tappers Tea Party three-day tap workshop for ages 8-13 on July 11-13; Spins and Needles sewing class for dancers ages 10 and up on July 18; Deep Dive 2024 Summer Dance Intensive for ages 13 and up on August 5-9; and Deep Dive SDI Splash for ages 10-13 on August 5-7.

For more information, go to www.themacholahballet.com, or check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/themacholahballet

The Macholah Ballet adult class performed a dance routine incorporating both ballet and tap.
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