Inside the New Vision Dance Company’s 1st ANNUAL NEW ALBANY DANCE FESTIVAL

New Vision Dance Company hosted the first NEW ALBANY DANCE FESTIVAL at the beautiful Charleen & Charles Hinson Amphitheater in New Albany, Ohio on Saturday, July 30, 2022. This event was a collaboration of dance, music, health and wellness .

The day began with a series of free classes for the community, including Vinyasa Flow Yoga, a “Mommy and Me” dance session, Pure Barre Columbus: New Albany, hip-hop and musical theater dance for all ages. These events enabled community engagement in a health-focused environment.

Next, the festival hosted the “Central Ohio Dance Studio Showcase” featuring over 250 talented dance students from New Albany, Columbus and beyond. It was a fun performance opportunity in a non-competitive environment. New Vision Dance Co.’s mission is to create, celebrate and inspire dance by engaging the community through educational programs, quality performances and the creation of new choreography. This showcase was a wonderful way to provide performance opportunities for Ohio studios training the next generation of dancers.

The Central Ohio Dance Studio Showcase lineup included: BalletMet Dance Academy, Broadway Bound Dance Centre, Developpe Dance Company, Dublin Dance Center & Gymnastics, Inspire Dance and Tumble, K Studio, Lima Dance Academy, New Albany Ballet Company, Pinnell Dance Centre, The ML Dance Academy, 1st Steps on Broadway, The Dance Space, JAZ Dance & More, Dance Elite Performance Academy as well as NVDC Musical Theater Camp students and NVDC student guest artists who were chosen by audition during the workshop of summer.

The festival’s first event was the “New Albany Dance Festival Concert”, which featured dance companies from across central Ohio and the Midwest. Contemporary, jazz, modern, fusion, lyrical and other movements were played with the audience in this breathtaking open-air venue.

The New Albany Dance Festival Concert lineup included: Camryn Nease, Columbus Contemporary Dance Company, Columbus Modern (CoMo) Dance Company, Cultivate Dance Project, Kenny Brown Dance Experience, New Vision Dance Company, Nomel Inspirational Dance Theatre, Perennial Movement Group, Tru Kingdom Mega Crew, as well as Dancing Wheels Company of Cleveland and Starr Foster Dance of Richmond, VA. New Vision Dance Company is under the artistic direction of Melissa Gould.

Photo credit: Jerri Shafer

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