Dance Espanol, a partnership among Piedmont Arts, the Southwest Virginia Ballet and Henry County Public Schools, brought the arts in the form dance to two elementary schools in Henry County. About 114 fourth-grade students from Rich Acres and Drewry Mason participated in this second-year program, led by Pedro Szalay, artistic director of the ballet company. Dance Espanol provided students with two weeks of daily, 45-minute sessions to teach them discipline, dedication and self-awareness through dance, Spanish and science. There was a final performance on Friday for the students to demonstrate what they had learned. Piedmont Arts Executive Director Heidi Pinkston said her organization was looking to bring more such programs to Martinsville-Henry County.

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