On Sunday, June 10, the YWCA Princeton Dance Department presented Carnival of the Animals to the musical score by Camille Saint-Saéns and a hip hop program as part of it’s end of the year dance recital.
Children from ages 3-10 performed dances choreographed by YWCA Princeton Dance Director, Christine Colosimo. Each dance depicted the movements of various animals. Andrea Potocny of the Princeton Face and Body Art provided a spectacular addition to the children’s costumes by painting each individual dancer’s face in the design of the animal they were dancing as. The culmination of dance, costume, face paint and creativity resulted in an amazing performance.
The ballet recital was followed by a hip hop dance program in the second half, choreographed by teachers Garima Bhatia and Jacklyn Eiseman.
“The YWCA dance recital was a magical experience this year. Many parents have been stopping me in the hallways of the YWCA to let me know that their children learned so much and are still talking about dancing their animal parts. Many of the children refused to wash their faces after the recital and came to school with the face paint still on their faces! As a dance educator, this is the goal.. an arts enrichment program that gives students long term learning is the best experience we can give our children,” said Christine.
The YWCA Princeton Dance Program provides a warm and nurturing environment for young children to learn dance. Student engagement is promoted with fun and creative teaching approaches that lead to a well-rounded dance education experience. Children of all ages and levels of experience are welcome and teachers provide age appropriate instruction. Children and teens, choose from Ballet/Tap, Hip Hop, Preschool Dance, Pre-ballet, Tap/Jazz. Learn more at www.ywcaprinceton.org/dance.