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Moms, daughters learn together during ballet class

May 13, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Moms are generally content to sit patiently on the sidelines through most dance classes, happy enough just to watch their children practice something they love.

But on the eve of Mother’s Day, Huntington Dance Theatre invited mothers to slip on some ballet shoes and step up to the barre for its mother-daughter ballet class Saturday morning at the studio in downtown Huntington.

Around a dozen moms and daughters, many of whom dance themselves, spent a relaxing morning learning the ins and outs of a simple routine — mainly a pleasant way to spend the day together.

“Most of the time, moms will watch you dance, but they never get to dance with you,” said Lauren Stewart, HDT assistant director and class instructor. “This is an easy class, so you can spend time with them and ... you can learn what they’re doing every day.”

Lesson fees benefited a new stereo system for the studio — currently a simple set of speakers plugged into an iPhone.

The class was a chance to show grown-ups they can dance just as well, as HDT also offers adult ballet classes.

Stewart herself managed to convince her mother to come out and try dancing as well — a bit of daughter-to-mother peer pressure.

“Hopefully I can get her to come back,” Stewart said.

One of the oldest and largest performance companies in the Tri-State, the nonprofit Huntington Dance Theatre is located at 825 4th Ave. in Huntington. For more information, visit www.huntingtondance.org.