Success! at the 1st Annual Celebration of Dance at the Paramount

I often say that this blog would be a great marketing tool for real estate agents - they could (and should) be using it to show prospective out-of-town home-buyers the perks of being a resident of our beautiful Hudson Valley. Many wonderful stories have graced the pages here - and we never grow tired of sharing them with you. This is story that once more depicts our kids in motion, our parents committed and our culture enriched. Middletown, NY - The Orange County Arts Council held it's first all-county dance celebration at the Paramount Theatre  on April 29. The room was packed with love and support for the 17 dance groups who performed for an audience of 650. In honor of this display of appreciation for the arts we are sharing the photos from this event. Our Hudson Valley is rich with culture and a deep seeded love for performing arts and that's why we love it here!

American Youth Ballet

Pam Conjura of American Youth Ballet states, “I just wanted to thank you (OCAC) for the wonderful performance opportunity you created for our dancers and others in Orange County.  It was a wonderful show!”

Warwick Dance Center

Christine Horrace of Warwick Dance Center concurs, “Orange County holds such talented and diverse dancers and this was a great event to showcase them. We really appreciate everything you have done and we truly hope this becomes a new yearly tradition.”


MaryBeth Hranioties of the Meadow Dance Arts Center whose dancers where the youngest performers praised the event by stating, “My little dancers were enchanted being surrounded by the bigger dancers and groups. Because of you (OCAC), these life-long positive experience in Art making, no matter what ages, was made possible.” Participants included:

  1. The New York Performing Arts Center, Washingtonville
  2. Volute Dance, Campbell Hall
  3. Step It Up Dance Productions, Cornwall-on-Hudson
  4. Mas Salsa Que Tu Dance Company, Goshen
  5. The Paraclete Arts Center, Middletown
  6. The Dance Design School, Cornwall
  7. Warwick Dance Center, Warwick
  8. The Dance Center, Port Jervis
  9. American Youth Ballet, Salisbury Mills
  10. Orange County School of Dance/Little Feet Dance Co., Monroe
  11. Meadow Dance Arts Center, Montgomery
  12. Newburgh Free Academy’s Advanced Dance Company, Newburgh
  13. Newburgh Performing Arts Academy Expressions Dance Ensemble, Newburgh
  14. Orange County Ballet Theatre, Newburgh
  15. Joanne’s Dance Studio, Blooming Grove
  16. Marya Kennett Dance Centre, Goshen
  17. Brittany Schmid: Newburgh

The Orange County Arts Council’s mission is to strengthen the arts in Orange County by providing educational, promotional, and information services. We accomplish this by coordinating and facilitating relationships among the arts, schools, businesses, government, and the public.  The vision of The Orange County Arts Council is to make the arts accessible to all people. Photos Provided*