Wilmington dance company prepares for New York performance


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts is sending it’s Turning Pointe Dance Company members to New York.

The company is set to leave for the Big Apple Thursday to perform at a stage set up outside on 42nd and Broadway, for the national dance organization Project Dance.

The Turning Pointe dancers prepared a piece about September 11th called “We Shall Stand Tall”.

Lesa Broadhead, dance instructor at the Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts, said she took time to teach the girls the history behind the dance.

“Out of the nine girls in the piece only two had been born at that time so I had to educate on top of it all so it became part of the choreographic process,” said Broadhead. “There will be so many people watching or walking by that were apart of 9-11 and so they have an incredible voice, a voice to heal.”

Ruth Deaton, a dancer with the company, said they are looking forward to performing such an emotionally charged piece in New York.

“It’s definitely going to be emotional and hopefully effective and it’ll affect the people there,” said Deaton.

The group is set to perform this weekend.

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