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Mountainburg hosts first dance show

<p><strong> </strong>Mountainburg High School students prepare to present the school’s first ever dance show “A Time to Dance”. Cast and crew for the May 10 performances included dance team members, theater students and extras.</p>

Mountainburg High School students prepare to present the school’s first ever dance show “A Time to Dance”. Cast and crew for the May 10 performances included dance team members, theater students and extras.

Mountainburg High School held its first-ever dance show May 10 with the help of a grant from Target Corp.

Mountainburg’s high school dance program received a $2,000 Arts, Culture and Design Grant from Target in the 2012 fall semester to help with the production of the May show, “A Time To Dance.”

Money from the grant paid for lighting, props, costumes and music, said dance coach Amber Hopwood.

“It helped purchase all of the equipment for the show,” Hopwood said.

About 60 students participated in the show, held in the high school cafeteria, Hopwood said.

Two performances were given by the cast and crew of the show, made up of the school’s dance team, theater students and a few extras, Hopwood said.

A day show was presented to about 430 students in grades 5-12. An evening show open to the public had more than 300 people in attendance, Hopwood said.

“The cafeteria was full from the front to the back; we had people standing,” Hopwood said of the evening show.

Mountainburg High School was awarded the grant in recognition of its efforts in arts and culture education in schools, according to a media release by Target.

“The show was a huge success for our dance department,” Hopwood said. “We are really trying to increase arts education and awareness in our schools and thanks to Target we were able to accomplish this.”

Started two years ago, the dance program began with a dance team but has grown into an arts education program in which the high school students work with kids in grades 3-8. The team includes both male and female students.

Target gives 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, president for Target community relations, in the release. “That’s why we are proud to partner with Mountainburg High School Dance as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”

Target also gives through signature programs such as Take Charge of Education, Arts Accessibility, Target School Library Makeovers, and education grants and awards, including Books for Schools Awards, Target Field Trip Grants and Early Childhood Reading Grants.

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