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Hesston Record 7.17


Hesston Record 7.17

Dance For Hunger

Posted 3/5/2013

By Jackie

At Hesston High on March 9 at 7 p.m. Hesston residents will have the opportunity to take in an evening of culture and music. 

Bethel Academy of Performing Arts of Newton and Angel Feet Studios in Moundridge will be hosting an evening of dance performances to benefit the Hesston Resource Center.

Admission cost to the performance is at least one canned food item per guest.

Bethel Academy Director Danika Bielek said being socially conscious is one of the messages she works to send her dancers.

“I hope the dancers realize their dancing and their art can really change the world, if they put their mind to it and concentrate on a goal.  They realize that, yes, they might be training to have fun with dance or be professionals, but it is something that can bring positive and good change to the world. Many of them are starting to figure out that art can build a better world,” said Bielek.

Bielek coordinated with Mimi Leo of Hesston to look for ways to help Bethel Academy Performers further the cause of social justice.

“One of the mothers, who is very socially conscious, her daughter goes to the middle school in Hesston and thought we should do more charity work. We have worked with MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) with global charity, but we haven’t done anything more centered in local community,” she said.

Leo, whose daughter, Emily Blaine, performs with Bethel Academy, said the Bethel dancers have been looking for ways to reach out to the community.

“We were looking for ideas for the girls. I volunteer at the Resource Center once per month,” she said.

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