Indian Spirits return to Dance Extravaganza

The Indian Spirits Dance Team

Dance Extravaganza 2017 will be held Saturday, September 16, at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.

Dance Extravaganza is the sole fundraiser for the Kilmarnock Museum, said president Carroll Lee Ashburn.

This year’s 20th anniversary edition will include a pre-show “Do you remember” movie at 6:30 p.m. and a commemorative program. Dancers will take the stage at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children younger than age 12. Tickets at the door will be $20 and $10, respectively. Advance tickets are available at various local businesses as well as the museum and by calling 296-0930.

The Northumberland High School Indian Spirits Dance Team, coached by Holly Swann, will be making their sixth appearance on the Dance Extravaganza stage. For the first time, team captain Lizzie Swann and alumni team captain Jackie Self will present a duet.

“Formed six years ago, the group first danced in Extravaganza 2012 and immediately became a hit and have been one of the most requested groups,” said Ashburn. “They are now considered regulars on the show.”

Other members of this year’s group are co-captain Destiny Basey, Annie Newsome, Hannah Loving, Brittany Davis, Chloey O’Bier, Hannah Hall, Malerie Hinson, Sophia Pugh, Savannah Harris and Lauren Rahn. All are students of Northumberland High School except Self, a recent graduate.

Also appearing on Saturday will be 2017 Dancing with the Northern Neck Stars winners Kristen Blackwell and Michael Angel, both of Northumberland. Singer Tommy Thompson of Reedville, a regular since 2012, will return.

Kara Royall, director of Etudes ballet School in Kilmarnock will be making her initial performance on the show. Old Dominion Barn Dance vocalists Lynne Carnes and Lee Blasingame also join the show for their first time.

The Peanut City Cloggers return for their 13th visit. The show’s anchor will again be the Spotlight Studio Dancers from Midlothian, who will perform 12 different numbers with over 50 dancers.

Master of ceremonies Dick Saxer of Reedville will return for his 15th time.

Dance Extravaganza is a Hay-Burn production.


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