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InSpira Performing Arts Celebrates 15 Years of “Making an Impact”

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Excerpts from "Swan Lake" Choreography: Lanette Costas-Stampley InSpira Performing Arts Credits: Marcell Pickens/Blachwood Marketing
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“Deliver Us From Evil” Choreography: Shani Alston InSpira Performing Arts Credits: Marcell Pickens/Blachwood Marketing
"Sinnerman" Choreography: Lanette Costas-Stampley InSpira Performing Arts Credits: Marcell Pickens/Blachwood Marketing
Fathers and Daughters danced to a medley "DunDunba" (warrior dance)/”Perm” Choreography: Audrey Davis-Dunning and Kristine Smith InSpira Performing Arts Credits: Marcell Pickens/Blachwood Marketing

New Brunswick, NJ - Famed choreographer Martha Graham once said “All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused”.  For the last 15 years, Kristine Smith (InSpira Founder and Artistic Director), her husband Leon, and their faculty and staff have purposely done just that…made every moment count in the lives of their young performing artists and their families.   Since 2002, InSpira Performing Arts and Cultural Center has provided a high quality dance (and later music) experience for the residents of Central Jersey and beyond.

This year’s recital theme “Make An Impact” was chosen to do just that…to IMPACT LIVES.  Throughout the 2016-17 season, Ms. Kris, the ceaseless motivator, has encouraged her InSpira students from the youngest to the oldest and their parents to step outside their “comfort zones” and to find their “Grand Purpose” in life.  She states “If the first time you attempt something it doesn’t work out the way you planned…analyze and try again!”.

The InSpira 15th Anniversary season ended with a series of riveting performances: Music Recital (held June 2nd at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and The Young Performers Recital and The Big Show at the Union County Performing Arts Center (Rahway, NJ). InSpira prides itself on presenting artistic exihibitions that are entertaining and consist of far more thematic depth than the average dance recital.  InSpira performances reflect a year of hard work by faculty and students and are executed with professionalism.  On-looking crowds of family, friends, and supporters were overwhelmed with technically strong and emotionally saturated performances in a wide array of dance disciplines including: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Horton, Contemporary Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, Liturgical, and more! 

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InSpira also celebrated 15 graduating high school seniors (their largest graduating class to date).  This group of young artists and scholars will be attending some the best colleges and universities in America (Rutgers University, North Carolina A & T University, Hampton University, Dickinson College, Northwestern University, and Julliard to name a few).  Furthermore, these student represents the first class to go through the entire InSpira curriculum (from combination classes to graduation).  Our dance program has resulted in college acceptances from prestigious institutions such as: Boston Conservatory, University of The Arts, The Ailey School-Fordham University, and The Julliard School).

Starting from the 2-year olds (dancing without following teachers in the wings), to remarkable Ballet and Pointe performances consisting of young women of color, to a breathe-taking Horton Modern Dance performance by young and adult women, to outstanding, poised musical performances, to an unforgettable, thrilling African Dance themed Father-Daughter Dance, InSpira delivered a dynamic experience for all in attendance.

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