The Vinton Messenger

BCAT Center for Performing Arts students wow the crowd in first dance recital

By Debbie Adams

Students at the BCAT (Burton Center for Arts and Technology) Center for Performing Arts presented a dance recital at William Byrd High School on February 22. This was not your run-of-the-mill dance recital—the students far exceeded expectations with performances which not only displayed their talents, but in some instances “bared their souls.”

Students from the BCAT Center for the Performing Arts held their first annual dance recital at William Byrd High School on Feb. 22.

Dance instructor Kelli Manor explains, “The Center for Performing Arts is a pre-professional training program for Musical Theatre created by Roanoke County Schools and located at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology. Students audition from all over Roanoke County Public Schools to join the Center for Performing Arts and study acting, voice and dance for four years.”

The program is set up as a musical theatre program so students study all three disciplines.

“This was the first…


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