Dance school celebrates 50 years

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Pottstown Dance Theatre, the only school in the region that performed in London during the 2012 Olympic Games, turns half a century this fall.

The school, founded by Phyllis Dersh Rudzitis and now under the direction of Michelle Jones Wurtz, has trained numerous professional and semi-professional dancers now working throughout the country. Others have pursued various other fields but have said that the school taught them teamwork, responsibility, and self-discipline through the hard work and art of dance.

Last spring, dancers from the school performed at the world renowned Lincoln Center in New York City. This October, the school will host a “Haunted Theater” to raise funds for trips such as this; and “The Nutcracker Suite” will close out the calendar year of performances at the Pottstown High School.

To help celebrate the school’s 50 year milestone, long time instructor and performer, Diane Alex-Brody, will be adding a special needs class for dancers age 5-11 diagnosed with Down Syndrome or Autism. The school believes dance is for everyone and Ms. Alex-Brody has extensive experience working in behavior and mental health. Also, the Repertory Ensemble will return in the spring of 2015 to the Kaleidoscope Theater at Ursinus College.

Join the party on Aug. 23 from 12-7 p.m. or Aug. 27 from 5-8 p.m. for cake and celebration to help mark this great milestone.

More information is available by calling the school at 610-323-2569 or visiting www.pottstowndance.com