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Coming up NXT: Ballet, dolls and heroes highlight area events

Coming up NXT: Ballet, dolls and heroes highlight area events

Ballet and All That Jazz prepares for 32nd year

Hagerstown-based dance company Ballet and All That Jazz is currently accepting students for its fall program.

In June, dancers joined instructor Bonnie Slawson, who directs Motion Mania Dance Theatre, and began learning Broadway jazz, hip-hop styles and contemporary pieces. The dancers included Lexi Cabrera, Abby Harman, Charlotte Harman, Sabrina Harman, Hannah Nance, Chloey Norris and Chloe Whittington.

Ballerinas also trained over the summer with Susie Banks, formerly with the Houston Ballet and a Hagerstown native, learning a variation from Snow White, the Fairy of Generosity variation from Sleeping Beauty and performing a character dance. Ballerinas include Mia Brashears, Abby Harman, Charlotte Harman, Sabrina Harman, Hannah Hurley, Hannah Nance and Maddie Renken.

Ballet and All That Jazz will be performing at Coffman Nursing Home for the United Way Day of Caring on Thursday Sept. 19; performing for the BCA-Cumberland Valley annual Pink Box Tea held at the Fountain Head Country Club on Sunday, Sept. 22, and at the Dancing with The ARC Stars on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Fountain Head Country Club.

Fall classes began on Aug. 26 for the dance school which is under the direction of Ranelle W. Flurie.

For more information, go to the Facebook page, visit or call 301-797-2100.

We Salute Our Heroes Festival

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — As a thank you to local veterans, Ludwick Eye Center, 825 Fifth Ave., Chambersburg, is hosting its fourth annual We Salute Our Heroes Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All military — past and present — and their families are welcome to join in a free fun-filled day with food, games and entertainment. There will also be beer and wine tastings, giveaways, prizes and military vehicles on display.

For more information, visit Heroes.

L.A. Party Dolls to perform at WASHS

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The L.A. Party Dolls, which performs the music of girl groups and Motown from the ’60s in their multimedia show “Girlpower!,” will take the stage on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. at Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s Oyer Auditorium.

Tickets are $25 at the door and online at Students in kindergarten through grade 12 are admitted free.

The performance is a part of Waynesboro Community Concert Association’s upcoming schedule of events. Subscriptions cost $55 and include reciprocal performances by Gettysburg, Pa., and Hagerstown concert associations.

National Philharmonic kicks off new season

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. — The National Philharmonic nearly didn’t have a 2019-2020 season after its closure due to financial difficulties was announced earlier this summer. Now, however, thanks to the support of its fans, the National Philharmonic is set to debut this month with the first concert of a full season of 11 performances.

The season kicks off with a tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven on the eve of his 250th birthday with Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio in “Eroica and Beethoven” on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore. The Eroica Trio will join Philharmonic Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski and the National Philharmonic in performing Beethoven’s unique Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (Triple Concerto).

There will be a members-only encore question-and-answer after the concerts on Saturday and Sunday, and a Meet the Musicians (Instrument petting zoo) for young concert-goers and their families on Sunday from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $29–$79, and ages 7–17 are free. Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 301-581-5100.

Top photo: The L.A. Party Dolls will perform on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s Oyer Auditorium. (Submitted photo)

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