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On their toes at Nathan Hale

Lynbrook seniors watch aspiring ballerinas from Merrick dance studio

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The residents of Nathan Hale Senior Village were truly entertained — and enlightened — recently when young ballet dancers from Intergral Ballet in Merrick came to twirl and piroutte for the audience.

“They come here once a year,” said Nathan Hale Social Worker Randy Katzman. “They give a brief history of each dance, followed by a demonstration. It’s very informative as well as entertaining.”

Ballet Director Erin Drennan offers an explanation of each dance before it’s performed. Some of the dancers have been coming back with the troupe year after year, and the resident have watched the girls grow.

“They look forward to this every year,” said Katzman, referring to the residents. “They are already asking when the girls are coming back again!”

The curriculum at Integral Ballet includes training students for placement into prestigious ballet companies, programs and professional roles. The program is best for students with a serious focus on their training, and who intend to dance professionally. They also offer private coaching and a recreational dance program.