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Sneak Peak charity concert raises funds

Posted: February 12, 2018 4:26 p.m.
Updated: February 13, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is excited to announce the successes of the Kelley’s Fine Arts Dance Company (KFA) at its annual Sneak Peak Charity Concert, which was held Saturday, Jan. 27 at Francis Marion University’s McNair Auditorium. The shows consisted of 123 dancers and gymnasts from KFA’s Dance Company and Gym Teams performing 95 routines throughout the day.

KFA held its first “Sneak Peek” in 2000. The Lake City Library was being built and the owner of KFA, Burnadene Kelley-Newman (“Miss Burnadene”), wanted to find a way to help. She decided to put on a concert to show the community and the dance parents the company’s competition routines. The decision was made to donate the money raised for the library. The competition season didn’t start until the spring, so some of the dances were still incomplete and needed a bit more work. It was truly just a “Sneak Peek” of the dance routines. The event has become not only a great rehearsal process for the upcoming competition season, but also a way to show the dancers how they can make a difference in their communities.

The tradition has continued ever since, and KFA has raised money for various charities and causes including the American Heart Association, Florence County Disabilities, Trisomy 18 Foundation, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Kidney Association, Leukemia Society, Pennies for Patients, March of Dimes, Lymphoma Foundation, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Hospice House, and many more. Each year, KFA chooses a cause directly related to the KFA family. This year’s “Sneek Peek” benefited the Justin O’Connor Memorial Fund. Justin was the brother of KFA Company member Ashley O’Connor. Justin tragically lost his life last July in a car accident, a result of distracted driving. The mission of the Justin O’Conner Memorial Fund is to spread awareness and engage people to think of the serious consequences of driving distracted. The fund offers two college scholarships each year to seniors in the greater Pee Dee area who support the fund’s mission to end distracted driving. The fund also provides other educational resources to help educate youth on the life and death consequences of distracted driving. “Miss Burnadene” lovingly refers to “Sneak Peek” as “practice with a purpose.” More than $4,500 was raised this year for the Justin O’Connor Memorial Fund.

KFA partners with the FAC offering dance classes for ages 2 and up at the center, located at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. KFA also leads the Camden Crew competitive dance team made up of dancers based in Camden and the surrounding areas. For more information about KFA, contact Alexis Kelley McDonald at or visit their website at KFA is responsible for dance classes at the FAC.

This years’ participates include (teachers listed in parenthesis) Emily Bell (Ari Dickinson), Robert Keen (Daniel Riddick), Joanna Norwood (Bo Dickinson), Alex Greenwood (Glenn Price), Sarah Gustafson (Alena Pagel), Molly Smith (Shana Herndon), Lydia Gustafson (Shana Herndon), Joshua Heriot (Becky Tafel), Jimmie Moran (Becky Tafel), and  Patrick Carolina (Glenn Price).

The FAC is funded in part by grants from Duke Energy, the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, along with donations from businesses and individuals.


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