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Decatur City Dance celebrates 60th season
by Nicole Dow
February 13, 2013 09:01 AM | 1756 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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"Swinging Night of Tap" – Eliza Reese, John Stubbs, Margot Van Horne
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"Swinging Night of Tap" – Eliza Reese, John Stubbs, Margot Van Horne
Decatur City Dance, a nonprofit performing arts company headquartered at the Decatur School of Ballet, has been a presence in the community for six decades, finishing out its 60th season this spring.

“It’s quite a legacy,” said Kathleen Banks Everett, who danced with the company before becoming its artistic director in 1981.

The season opened with five sold-out shows of “A Day with Mother Goose” in November in the company’s former studio space at the Beacon Hill Art Center in downtown Decatur, Everett said. The dance company recently moved to the newly renovated Decatur Recreation Center.

The company’s professional contemporary jazz group, AboutFace, performed shows in January, and the Junior Ensemble and the Apprentice Ensemble held their annual Winter Dance earlier this month. The company’s other two dance groups — the Rhythm Keepers and the Junior Rhythm Keepers — will perform their 13th annual Swinging Night of Tap March 16 and 17.

“[The audience can expect] a variety of dance and music styles appropriate for all ages, a very upbeat and entertaining show,” Everett said.

She said the 60th season will close with guest performances at the Decatur School of Ballet’s annual show in May.

The dancers with the company range in age starting at about 12 years old through adulthood. Everett said when the company auditions for new members in the spring, she first looks for individuals who have a passion and love for dance.

“Of course, then they need to meet a certain technical level,” she added. “There is a level of expertise that they must have accomplished to be accepted by audition.”

In addition to the major shows, the company also performs for school groups and retirement homes throughout the year. Everett said community outreach is an important part of the company’s mission.

If you go
 What: Decatur City Dance’s Swinging Night of Tap
 Where: Uhry Theatre, Druid Hills High School, 1798 Haygood Drive, Atlanta
 When: March 16, 6 p.m., and March 17, 2 p.m.
 Cost: $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12
 Information: (404) 378-3388 or visit

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