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Annual Festival Highlights Dance Styles and Cultures

More than 400 dancers representing nearly 40 dance troupes participated in the 18th annual Virginia Dance Festival on March 25 at James River High School. Presented and organized by Jessica Morgan, the event raised more than $6,000 for Children’s Hospital Foundation through ticket sales, a silent auction, sponsorships and donations. More than $220,000 has been donated to the Foundation since the event began.

“Each year, it’s rewarding to see the growth of the dancers, especially ones I used to teach,” said Jessica, former owner of the Jessica Morgan School of Dance. “Most rewarding for me though is educating the community about Children’s Hospital. A lot of people don’t know what the hospital does and how the money we raise is used.”

This year’s event featured groups representing a variety of cultures and dance styles including Indian, Chinese, Irish, Bavarian, Latin, Filipino, Spanish, ballroom, ballet and more.

Jessica, who moved to Jacksonville, Florida 18 months ago, said she enjoys planning the event and appreciates the help she has from people in Richmond.

“I just love doing the event,” Jessica said. “It gives me an opportunity to go back to Richmond and see friends and former dancers.”

 

Dancers with Apsaras Arts Dance Group performed a South Indian classical dance during this year’s Virginia Dance Festival. The group has participated in the event for 16 years. (Photo by Mike Hatcher, Heather House Studio)