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Debra Stringfield




  • Dance

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  • Midlands


I have been involved with Dance all of my life. I’ve been teaching dance in Columbia and then in Batesburg-Leesville for the last 37 years. The last nine years, my dance school, Central Carolina Performing Arts Center, has forgone the traditional recital at the end of the year. We have been presenting full productions, soft opera style, telling a traditional fairytale or movie theme musically, incorporating all the mediums of dance that we teach at the studio. I purchase or make the costumes, help build our props, and have painted the back drops, with much help from parent volunteers.

Dance is the main medium we teach: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip hop and tumbling. Then, over the last eight years, we have incorporated drama into our curriculum, thus ushering CCPAC into offering a production this year that includes dialogue. The drama classes have also enhanced the story-telling in our dances.