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Samantha Smith ’14 Choreographs Ballet for St. George′s Independent School

Publication Date: 4/1/2011

Samantha Smith ’14 has choreographed an original ballet titled “Wish” to be performed by students of St. George′s Independent School (SGIS). Free and open to the public, the performance begins at 7 p.m. tonight (April 1) at St. John′s Episcopal Church located at 3245 Central Avenue.

Smith, who is a 2010 graduate of SGIS, plans to have a double major in English and history at Rhodes. Smith has translated her love of ballet into working with SGIS students and in the fall, she taught basic ballet technique and artistry to ten students (second-fifth graders) of the Memphis campus. The performance will be an opportunity to highlight what the students have learned this year as well as to celebrate each dancer′s individual talents. 

In addition, Smith has worked with her mother to create the sets and costumes for the performance.

The St. George’s students will be joined onstage by Rhodes first-year students Sallie Handley, Isabelle Hatfield and Jaclyn Thomas.

Says Smith, “I am delighted that these three dancers from Rhodes will be performing in ‘Wish’ because I think this performance provides an opportunity to forge a relationship between the two schools and to provide my students with role models who are experienced performers in the world of ballet.” 

Tags: Arts/Performances, Service, Students

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