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New Creation Dance Company Returns to Mena

BY CANDACE RINER –

New Creation Professional Dance Company will return to Mena on Saturday, October 10th. Their show “Love never fails: God sees our stories” will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Mena High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free but donations are encouraged to help support the company’s ministry.

The show is made up of works choreographed by the company members themselves in a combination of ballet and contemporary dance styles. The dancers meet daily to train together and rehearse for upcoming performances. They also offer dance and worship workshops for all ages and levels. The company is made up of four professionally trained dancers, who all share the desire to use their talents to honor God by pursuing excellence, both in the arts and in personal relationships with Jesus Christ. Company members are Kathleen Marleneanu, Kayla Derrick, Laurel Simon and Erin Sanders. New Creation is a nonprofit organization that depends on donations from individuals, churches and other organizations through fundraising and monthly support.

New Creation was founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Greta Smith with the help of the Arnold Family Foundation. The company is a professional dance ministry that desires to glorify God and to bring encouragement to their audiences through the art of dance. Their name comes from 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old is gone, the new has come!”

The group is hosted by Beautiful Soles Christian Dance Company. Beautiful Soles is under the Artistic Direction of Candace Riner and Emmye Rowell. Beautiful Soles dancers will open the show for their special guests.

Beautiful Soles will also be hosting a dance workshop led by New Creation on Saturday, October 10th for ages 3 and up, at the Rich Mountain Community College Fitness Room and Crestwood Aerobic Room in Mena. Classes will be offered in ballet, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and creative worship. No previous dance experience is required. The cost for the workshop is $15 for age 3-8 and $22 for ages 9 & up. To register for the workshop e-mail dancebeautifulsoles@gmail.com with dancer’s name and age. For more information go to www.DanceBeautifulSoles.com or www.NewCreationDance.org

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