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FAC presents ‘Don’t Walk … Dance!’

Posted: January 16, 2014 5:09 p.m.
Updated: January 17, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County hosted the Sumter Civic Dance Company for a performance called "Don’t Walk … Dance" on Wednesday.

The event was the culmination of a residency series the dance company performed at Kershaw County schools and the audience at Wood Auditorium was mainly composed of students and teachers.

The dance selections ranged from silly to somber, but all conveyed their message without words. Dance company director Andrea Freed-Levenson said she and her daughter, Erin, visited Blaney Elementary School in Elgin and Pine Tree Hill Elementary School in Camden to teach the students about dancing.

Freed-Levenson said Wednesday’s presentations were choreographed with a young audience in mind and some included select dancers from the two schools.

"I don’t like things that are too deep for children, because then they don’t enjoy it. It helps, too, that I have taught everyone in the auditorium along with Erin," she said.

"They become familiar with who we are and that makes it more enjoyable to them. It’s age appropriate and whatever they’re learning in school, we try to incorporate it into the dance program we bring to them."

She said the dance company rehearses three times a week for up to three hours each session. Erin Levenson performed in many of the dances and said she enjoys exposing the students to the art of dance.

"I love these residencies. They are so much fun. I enjoy them because the kids enjoy them," she said.

Ta’Niss Robinson, 17, was also included in nearly every dance segment.

"I love dancing. It’s fun and I like all the dances I did," she said.

At the end of the show the dancers sat at the edge of the stage and they and Freed-Levenson fielded questions from the audience.

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