Dance Academy XIV celebrates 10 years in business by hosting a special event in the Shippensburg community – a dance festival with lots of dancing, children’s activities, food and vendors.
The Dance Festival will celebrate the academy’s 10th anniversary.
“Celebrating 10 years in business is so surreal,” said owner Amanda Chestnut. “We don’t feel like we should be here yet, or that we’ve aged that much! But then I look at some of the students who started with us and they’re now married and with careers and kids…and we now have students who weren’t even born when the studio opened, and that’s is so weird and exciting that we’ve come this far!
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 5 at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds on Possum Hollow Road.
There is a cost for admission.
The festival will feature performances from ballet, hip-hop, tap, jazz, acrobat, Bollywood, worship dance, modern, contemporary musical theater and more.
“I actually had the idea last year to do an outdoor festival, but we were always closed during our recital season,” Chesnut said. “As we approach this year with so much uncertainty about what indoor events will look like, hosting something outdoors seemed like a safer option, and after such a difficult year, I really wanted to host something that would bring not just the studio, but the community together.”
With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions since the vaccines were administered, events are finally something to enjoy again.
“I think one of the most unexpected ways COVID has affected me is that I now have a crippling fear of planning events,” Chesnut said. “Everything we had planned over the past year, we often had to adjust or cancel due to last minute changes in policies and mandates. So the fact that this festival is actually happening and the restrictions are decreasing instead of increasing before is such a breath of fresh air.
“We hope it will just be a day of fun and community gathering,” she added. “We have so many amazing suppliers, and a huge variety of them! Then the fact that the community can see what we are doing is also exciting! No matter what time someone arrives, they’ll see something special on stage, whether it’s a 3-year-old’s first dance on stage, a senior’s last time, one of our award-winning competition routines or nine months of hard work in a classroom finally coming to fruition. Each dance on this stage will be an opportunity to witness a special moment in the lives of young people in our community and one that is worth coming to!
The dancers are also very eager to perform at the event.
“There’s a lot of excitement to be back on stage, regardless of venue,” Chestut said. “But I think having an event like this makes it even better.”
There will be no sponsors for the event, but volunteers have fortunately stepped up.
“Just a lot of volunteer families and teachers from the studio will help on the day of the event, and I appreciate all of their help,” she noted.
Vendors will include: LTQ Custom Creations, Modern Relics and Treasures, Serenity Baskets, Sass and Sensibility, Chi & Co, Linda’s Crafts, Leanne’s Luxurious Kitchen (Pampered Chef), J&M Cups, Meraki CR Arts, Hoggology, MAZ Creations, SMH Designs, Redneck Dogs, Swartz Subz, Nanner Bananar Bakery, Breadbasket, Mama’s Dine and Dash, Learning with Grammy Hands, Donna’s Dare to Dazzle, Kim Wise Color Street, Hawk’s Freshies, Debbie’s Kitchen Creations, Kendra Harvey Country Scents, Park Lane Jewelry, Ester King , Tiffany Cavallaro, Face painting, Whimsical Treasures, Happy Dandelion, Whimsical Whatnots & Leelan Vinyl Designs, Huckleberry Lemonade and Crossroad Creations.