Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
June 3, 1988
Three young girls dressed as “petite” Hershey kisses stood at the back of Slade Auditorium Thursday talking about stage entrances, their plies and port-de-bras.
“You practice it a lot of times, and then you get the hang of it,” said eight-year-old Kelly Sosa of Emmons Hill. Learning their parts took concentration on gestures, step and counting the music, the girls said. Ballet is both fun and hard work, they said.
As Hershey kisses, the girls are part of a live gingerbread house in the Susquehanna School of Dance production of “Hansel and Gretel.” The ballet and another contemporary work are to be performed in Hartwick College’s Slade Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, as part of the UCCCA Festival of the Arts 1988.
“We dance because we are happy for ‘Hansel and Gretel,’” said Lauren Marks, 9, of Elm Street, another “Petite” kiss.
The Susquehanna School of Dance was founded in 1985 by Paul Sanasardo and Jayne Stefani Keating to provide classes for contemporary and classical ballet for children and adults.
Among the founders’ goals were providing young serious dancers and opportunity to reach a level of technical ability that would give the area of pool of pre-professional dancers.
Sanasardo of Fly Creek came to the area after a long career as an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer, including 25 years as director of his own company in New York City.
50 years ago
June 3, 1963
MARGARETVILLE (Special) — United States Senator Kenneth B. Keating, of Rochester, principal speaker at the Tenth Annual Delaware County Republican Lincoln Memorial Dinner, Saturday night at Kass Inn, Margaretville, told his audience of 240:
“Victory in 1964 could be achieved by adopting positive policies and doing the organizational work necessary to get the message to the people.
“Elections are won by a two-pronged effort, a positive program and an effective organization of dedicated individuals who believe in the fact that Republican philosophy represents the way of life most dear to the American people and who are willing to devote their time and effort to seeing to it that such a philosophy prevails.
“Perhaps I’m not as partisan a Republican as some would like me to be. I never supposed that all good was in one party. In the field of foreign affairs, one Democrat after another has publicly disapproved of the foreign policy of our present administration. This is not a time in our history when we should put politics ahead of our country.
“I say you don’t shut the door on one-half of the nation. Our security and survival are not and should not be the sole concern of one group, or one person. It takes one party to win an election, but two parties to make a nation. The government of the people is bigger than people in the government.”
Sen. Keating joined Delaware County Assemblyman, County Republican Committee Chairman Edwyn E. Mason, of Hobart, in a salute to Delaware’s dairymen by downing a glass of milk before taking to the road.