Dance company sure to sparkle

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 28, 2003

A production company from Birmingham will help students realize the power of their dreams on Saturday at the Larry Striplin Performing Arts Center.

The Sparkle Dance Company is in town rehearsing for a production called &uot;The Power of Dreams,&uot; designed to deliver an important message to youth about the arts, education and cancer awareness.

The performance was first given at Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham in December 2002.

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Selma native Agnita D. Martin-McCaslin is the executive director of the show. She, along with husband Frank, have been working with students from Selma High School who will be in Saturday’s performance.

Geraldine S. Martin, a teacher at Selma High, said that six local students will perform with the company.

Sparkle first came to Selma in February 2002, when Martin invited them to come perform at Selma High.

There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. highlighting the performance of the Selma High students. The evening performance will be headlined by the Sparkle Dance Company with the students performing as well.

The Sparkle Dance Company is 26 years old and has been at its present location in Birmingham since 1999, McCaslin said.

The company started as a youth fashion and theatrical program and developed into the current performance group. McCaslin said the dance team now has 15 students. There are 22 students enrolled in an after-school computer learning program.

Tickets for &uot;Power of Dreams&uot; are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Children ages 6 and under will be admitted free.