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Annual Student Recital – Blackberry Ball with Live Music

Movement Arts Atlanta will present its Annual Student Recital on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 3:00 pm in Delta Park. The afternoon’s show will present a story ballet entitled Blackberry Ballet and a modern dance accompanied by live music. The performance is free and open to the public.

Blackberry Ball is inspired by a small children’s puzzle and the social dances knows as quadrilles from the mid 1800s. The cast will feature a flock of birds, a group of forest friends, some mischievous mushrooms and a fiddle playing squire. These characters gather to dance for each other and together at the ball. This will be followed by a modern dance set to the Fanny Power’s Waltz. This lovely tune date from before 1730 and was composed by Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan (1670–1738). This well-loved tune celebrates the beauty of a young lady, Frances Power.

The performance will be accompanied by live fiddle playing. Moira Nelligan, singer, fiddler and multi-instrumentalist will play. She and MAA Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, collaborated to select the tunes for the afternoon’s dances. Ms. Nelligan is a master performer and educator who perpetuates Irish, Americana, and World Roots songs and instrumental music.

Please, bring your own seating to the performance.

Sources: Fanny Power. (2019, May 6). Traditional Tune Archive.

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