Plunging temperatures and ice cold rain could not keep families away from the Adrienne Arsht Center’s January 9th Family Fest performances and activities. The free family fun was moved inside from its usual home in the Thomson Plaza for the Arts to the Ziff Ballet Opera House. In the Carnival Studio Theater, Family Fest performances included Broadway hits performed by students from the New World School of the Arts high school performing troupe, “The 2010 Connection.” Families were also treated to “Flutesweet and Tickletoon”, a musical duo that present the story of Green Golly, a spin on the fairytale favorite, Rapunzel, that featured kid-friendly renditions of classical music. The performance fun shifted to a family dance party with DJ Sama, who played party favorites that got everyone up on their feet dancing. From the Hokey Pokey to the YMCA to the Cha Cha Slide, the entire room was movin’ and groovin’! Other activities included a live animal petting zoo set up by MetroZoo and make-and-take craft crowns that were decorated with sequins and jewels.
The Family Fest day concluded with a special performance of Cinderella presented by the Miami City Ballet School in the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Over 2100 people filled the theater to watch the timeless tale of Cinderella told through music and dance in this performance that was designed especially for young people to enjoy.
The next Family Fest is March 6th and will feature free outdoor performances and activities beginning at 11:30 am followed by a free percussive dance performance by “Step Afrika!” in the Knight Concert Hall.
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