It was another Friday, and another ribbon cutting on Main Street.
A week after the Suffolk Theater held its ribbon cutting, opening its doors officially for the public, Peconic Ballet Theatre held a ribbon cutting of its own, with a few performances by the dance school's students.
"It’s so exciting to see something new open up on Main Street," Supervisor Sean Walter said. "People talk about Main Street, and we saw the Suffolk Theater open last week. Now you have the dance studio, new restaurants, and some new shops opening up. The resurgence is on its way, and I’m so happy to know you’re on the cutting edge of this."
Christiana Bitonti founded the theater – which had opened its doors in January and already boasts close to 50 students – after starting the dance company Dancecore Performing Arts in 2009.
"Our mission is to create an environment to teach children the cultural impact of dance through dance education," she told Patch in mid-February.
On Friday, PBT gave "just a taste" to over 50 individuals who came out for the grand opening. The following performances were held:
- "The Promise" by Jillian Adams
- "This Bitter Earth" by Aina Tadokoro
- "Movement I" by Peconic Ballet Theatre's apprentice students: Gabriella Caporaso, Samantha Caporaso, Gracy Jeffrey, Michael Miller and Amelya Rivera
- "Sugar Plum and Cavalier Grand Pas de Deux" by Rochelle Martin and John Panaghi