LARNED — The Kansas Dance Academy from Wichita will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Larned Community Center. The academy, with 140 dancers, ages 4 to 18, will perform many styles of dance, including tap, hip-hop, jazz and ballet.
The program is sponsored by the Larned Music Club as its annual fundraiser for music scholarships. The funds are used to support Pawnee County high school graduates with a major or minor in music for four years in college. The Larned Music Club also sends high school and middle school students to High Plains Summer Music Camp. When needs arise, the Club provides monetary help for local music teachers on items not covered by the school budget.
The Kansas Dance Academy, based in Wichita, has been serving the metro area for over 32 years and is one of the most respected dance studios in the region with 10 teachers. It currently has 300 students; they have performed on Broadway, with the Rockettes, at various Disney venues, and in professional musical theaters, including the prestigious Wichita Grand Opera.
The Larned Music Club has a unique relationship with the Kansas Dance Academy. The Academy is under the direction of Diane Converse Gans, a Larned High School graduate, and daughter of Naomi Converse. This performance is lovingly dedicated to Diane’s mother, who always supported her endeavors as a dancer, and later was owner and director of the Kansas Dance Academy. Naomi was a long-time Larned Music Club member, serving twice as its president and treasurer.
The program will last approximately one hour. Tickets are available for a $5 donation and may be obtained in advance from Music Club president Jerry Ford at 620-285-3662 or at the door on performance day. Donors of $100 and above will be acknowledged in the printed program. Additional donations of any amount to the scholarship fund are always appreciated.