Armstrong dancers cruise to performance

Six dancers from the Armstrong Dance Academy recently made their debut aboard a cruise ship bound for Alaska.

  • Jul. 8, 2012 5:00 a.m.
ancers Emily Groeneveld

ancers Emily Groeneveld

Six dancers from the Armstrong Dance Academy (formerly Susan Paisley School of Dance) recently made their debut aboard a cruise ship bound for Alaska.

The young women danced aboard the Celebrity Century line on May 23, with a second performance on May 26.

Academy owner and teacher Susan Bensmiller started rehearsals with the dancers in September, 2011,  and began arranging for the performance back in March 2011.

“It was more than a performing experience – it was great personal growth for the girls,” she said.

The dancers performed a 30-minute show, which included modern, classical ballet and jazz. Bensmiller’s father, pianist Ross Paisley, accompanied the dancers for the classical ballet Chopin Fantasy.