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Celestial Stars Arts Academy Celestial Stars Arts Academy is another option for those wanting to participate in dance classes and performance; they offer various classes in ballet, creative movement, and tango, and offer a weekly boys-only class as well. Celestial Stars is a non-competitive school for dance founded by dancer Gabrielle Celeste, whose 20-year dance career includes stints with Columbia City Ballet, The Carolina Ballet, Eboni Dance Theater, and the USC Dance Company. Several of Celeste’s family members work at the Academy, giving it a professional yet family-friendly atmosphere that parents seem to appreciate. “Our daughter Annika loves and admires her teacher, and aspires to become learned and accomplished like Gabri-

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elle’s more mature ballerinas,” says parent Steven Seshun. “Annika had a very active personality, but she has learned great poise and discipline from ballet at Celestial Stars. She really calms down now in class and rehearsals.” Celestial Stars stresses the artistic, academic, and mental benefits of dance. Although the studio is Christian-based, all are welcome regardless of race, creed, faith, or religion. Small class sizes ensure that students receive individualized attention, and all students have the opportunity to perform in the annual Christmas production, The Christmas Angel, as well as the year-end Revue. This year’s 12th annual Christmas Angel performances will be on December 7-8. Learn more about this performance at

www.TheChristmasAngelBallet.com. One of the most unique things about Celestial Stars is their inclusion of special needs students. All students are integrated together in classes and performances, and they have experience with a wide range of diagnoses from autism, cerebral palsy, and downs syndrome to learning disabilities like ADD and ADHD. For more information about classes and auditions at Celestial Stars, visit www.CelestialStarsDance.com. Wherever and however one decides to participate in our local arts opportunities, the important thing is to remember to support and encourage them wherever they are found. Doing so will lead to a better, more well-rounded community for all of us here in Lexington. n

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