Bantam dance studio dancers play the Garden
Dancers from Sparkle & Shine Dance in Bantam prepare to board a bus for New York City and their performance at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. BZ photos
Dancers from Sparkle & Shine Dance in Bantam put on the moves at a major venue - again - when they performed at halftime of the Women’s National Basketball Association game between the New York Liberty and the Chicago Sky at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday.
Led by Sparkle & Shine owner and instructor Gabby Sparks, the dancers performed a 4-minute routine they'd been working on for two months after being invited by historic Madison Square Garden. The dancers, ages 5 to 17, and family members and friends filled two two buses for the trip to the Big Apple.
In June, Sparks’ dancers peformed at Disney World and this month will be among 500 dancers from the Northeast performing at a New York Mets game at Citi Field.
Next summer, the local dancers will compete in a national dance event in Pennsylvania and in the summer of 2019 will return to Disney World.
Another big day for Sparkle & Shine will be Sept. 17, when Sparks holds an open house at her new studio at 45 Bantam Lake Road in Bantam. The six-year-old dance school has been located in the old Connecticut Electric Switch Manufacturing Co. factoryand will be moving to a 3,400 square-foot space. The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, go to www.sparkleshinedance.weebly.com.
Gabby Sparks with two of her dancers, Nastassia Lopez, left, and A.J. Whipple.