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cARTwheels wows UCPS students

About 1,100 fifth-graders rocked the auditorium at Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA) Tuesday (April 7, 2009) cheering and keeping time to the sounds of blue grass music and dance during the second-annual performance of the cARTwheels.

The performance, provided by Union County Cultural Arts in Education Program, featured contemporary dance and ballet performed by the North Carolina Dance Theatre from Charlotte to the sounds of traditional blues and jazz.

Dancers also performed a rollicking ballet set to traditional bluegrass music performed live by the Greasy Beans from Asheville.

“We’re delighted to be a part of this,” said the Union County Community Arts Council Executive Director Barbara Faulk. “We think students directly benefit from arts education when they experience a first-class arts program such as the North Carolina Dance Theater.”

The 2009 cARTwheels, comprised of several touring companies such as Opera Carolina from Charlotte and African American Dance Ensemble from Durham, brought the North Carolina Dance Theatre from Charlotte to CATA to perform “Under Southern Skies.” The performance celebrated the music and artists of the South.

The cARTwheels Performances are designed to stimulate student thinking and learning through exposure to the performing arts. This is part of a statewide initiative of the North Carolina Arts Council offering school touring programs that include everything from jazz and chamber music, to ballet.

In 2008, cARTwheels toured 46 North Carolina counties and performed for close to 48,000 children. The season began in January and will continue throughout the school year.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 17, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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