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Wise Dance Center’s “Arabian Nights”

By Jimmy Alford | Published Saturday, June 15, 2013

Tiny Dancer

TINY DANCER – Ava Cannon concentrates while rehearsing her dance with classmates Thursday night. Ballet students performed “Arabian Nights” to a sold-out crowd Friday night, and they anticipate a full house for the Saturday performance, too. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Waiting Game

WAITING GAME – Ballet students (from left) Madeline McClain, Claire Hutchison, Meghan Walker, Rachael Neely, Hannah Solis and Cara Solis hang out backstage during dress rehearsal for “Arabian Nights,” Thursday. The production is put on by Wise Dance Center in Decatur and the Wise Performing Arts Guild. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

In Character

IN CHARACTER – Jack Sherman takes center stage. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Waiting in the Wings

WAITING IN THE WINGS – Mom Tiana Lockett watches from behind the curtain as daughter Brinlee takes the stage at Thursday night’s dress rehearsal. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Keeping Busy

KEEPING BUSY – Hannah Hudgins and friends play with Strawberry Shortcake dolls while waiting to go on stage and rehearse “Arabian Nights.” Both the Friday and Saturday night performances were sold out. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Butterfly Dance

BUTTERFLY DANCE – Cara Solis, the lead butterfly, leads a group of young butterfly dancers through their steps during dress rehearsal for “Arabian Nights.” Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Advanced Dancers

ADVANCED DANCERS – Mackenzie Gresham, Hanna Huya and McKenzie May wait patiently to practice their dances. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Happy Butterflies

HAPPY BUTTERFLIES – Jazlyn Flores flashes a smile while sitting with fellow butterflies, including Daliah Ochoa. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

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