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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Dance company partners with downtown hotel to present holiday show

  • Arabesque Academy of Dancing has the unique privilege of being the very first dance production to ever utilize the historic lobby of the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel for a live performance.
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  • Arabesque Academy of Dancing has the unique privilege of being the very first dance production to ever utilize the historic lobby of the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel for a live performance.
    Studio Artistic Director, Amy Hlavaty Belcher, said, "We are very excited to use this incredible space for our show. The Radisson Hotel is an absolutely gorgeous venue, and we are very happy to be able to partner with them to make this show possible in such a grand way."
    This show is no small undertaking. A special stage is being constructed inside the lobby of the hotel, and the performance will incorporate over 100 members of the studio.
    "We purchase special costumes for all the children to use, and we rent professional lighting and sound equipment," stated Belcher.
    "We want this to be a very special Holiday tradition for our students as well as their families. We would also like to encourage the entire community to come out as see the students perform. The kids are really excited and have been working very hard. It's going to be a great show," she added.
    Arabesque Academy of Dancing will present their original Holiday production titled "Making Spirits Bright" in the Grand Atrium Lobby of the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. The dancers will perform on Friday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. This production features performances in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical to some favorite Holiday music.
    Anyone interested in attending can obtain tickets by calling the studio at 570-842-8744 and the cost is $15. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds from the performance as well as donations will be taken for the "Anastasia Fund."
    The Anastasia Fund is in place in memory of Anastasia Jaditz, a Clarks Summit woman who was killed in the North Pocono area while she was attending the University of Scranton.
    Miss Jaditz was a dancer and true lover of the arts, and through the generous donations of her family and friends, the Anastasia Fund was set up in her memory. Proceeds from this fund are used for dance scholarships for local dancers as well as to assist with the production of arts performances for children.
    "This incredible show is made possible through ongoing donations from the Anastasia Fund," stated Belcher. "This is our special way of remembering her each time the students perform and in this special way, this will always keep her dancing."
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