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.