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Going ‘Wonka’ for charity: Local dancers present ballet performances beginning Wednesday

Travis Hairgrove, Herald Banner November 4, 2018

“Oompa loompa doompety doo, you can watch ballet and give to charity, too.

The colorful, playful parable of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” is coming to Greenville’s Texan Theater, Nov. 7 to Nov. 10, as Dance Prodigy Studio’s production for its 5th Annual Charity Winter Ballet.

This year, proceeds from the charity ballet will go to Greenville Independent School District’s special education department to fund enrichment projects for the students.  In years past, the studio raised money for non-profit organizations including Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH), United Way of Hunt County, and Women in Need.”

Area twins accepted into international ballet program

Travis Hairgrove, Herald Banner January 30, 2018

“A pair of teenage twins from Point were both accepted into the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet 2018 Summer Intensive in Washington D.C. after auditioning Jan. 13 in Fort Worth.

Lane and Makennah Ward are both pre-professional ballet students at Dance Prodigy Studios in Greenville who have performed in numerous stage productions of “The Nutcracker” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Most Inspiring Stories in Dallas: Meet Rachel Arnold of Dance Prodigy Studios in Greenville

Interview by Voyage Magazine, September 20, 2018

“Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Arnold.

Rachel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all started about 23 years ago at the age of 9 when I told my parents that I wanted to be the first female professional football player in the offensive line or quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys or the Green Bay Packers. My parents were not especially keen on the idea with my petite frame and projected maximum height of 5’3. My mom, Pam Holland, signed me up for dance lessons at a small studio in our hometown of Anamosa, Iowa using the incentive that football players took ballet to help with their form on the field. My dream of football morphed into teaching dance after I attended my first ballet lesson. I was not particularly talented in the dance genre but I come from a long line of people who believe in hard work.”

Dance Prodigy Studios raises funds for Hunt County Shared Ministries

Special to the Herald Banner December 19, 2017

“This year’s ballet raised $8,325 which will all be donated directly to FISH.

“There is nothing like being able to pull together as a community for a great cause like Hunt County Shared Ministries FISH.,” Arnold said. “Over the years, this ballet has become such a powerful impact on our dancers by helping them become better community leaders and make a positive impression on our community. I am so proud of these dancers being able to raise almost as much from one show as we have in the past three years.  This was also my 2- year-old daughter’s first performance and I am so proud of her. This will be an amazing memory to share with her as she grows up about how she was able to help donate that amount of money.”