Grand Junction students join pro dancers on stage for ballet concert |

Grand Junction students join pro dancers on stage for ballet concert

Sharon Sullivan
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WHAT: Ballet Concert and Dance Workshop

WHEN: 7 p.m. Fri., May 31

WHERE: River of Life Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road

COST: Free (“love offering” accepted)

INFO: or 719-433-8820

The Christian professional ballet company, Ballet Emmanuel, will perform in Grand Junction Friday, May 31, at River of Life Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road.

The ballet is titled “Courage…Standing Strong in Times of Trouble” and is based on the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego — who are taken captive by a king and forced to worship a statue, said ballet company founder Erin Benson.

“It’s about standing up for what you know is right even when it’s hard,” Benson said.

Accompanied primarily by Christian music, the concert will include classical, modern and contemporary dance styles.

Benson founded the company in Colorado Springs after working with Ballet Magnificant, a Christian ballet company based in Mississippi. Ballet Emmanuel tours nationally, performing and teaching workshops at schools, churches and community centers.

“We do it for the love for the Lord; and the love of dance,” Benson said.

Benson is one of four dancers, including Laci Landry, Melanie Dexter and Misa Calabrese.

Local children who attend a three-day dance workshop taught by the dancers will perform a piece on stage before the main show. Four different workshops will be offered at the church, for both beginning and advanced students, and for both kids and adults.

To register for a class or for more information visit

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