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Paint Brushes, Hammers, and Refreshments
Written by Joe Naftal on May 19, 2017

On Thursday, May 19th, two dozen volunteers attended our second Paint Night/Beer Build of the year.  The volunteers worked on the crazy colored columns for “Just Like a Rockstar”, the castle for “Happy Working Song”, the stairs for “NYC”, the train for “Santa’s Choo Choo Boogie Train”, the marquee signs for “Broadway Banana, the haunted house for “I’m in Love with a Monster, and the pyramid for “Walk Like an Egyptian”.  The volunteers helped with painting, building, and crafts, while enjoying wine, beer, soda, cheese, crackers, and chips.  There was a fun and exciting buzz throughout the studio as recital season is in full swing.


All of the scenery and props built and painted at the Paint Night/Beer Build will be featured in Dance Connection’s 28th annual recital production, “Just Dance”, presented at Holy Trinity High School June 17th and 18th. The recital features our students of all ages and serves as a year-end celebration and showcase of dance styles!


Recital Season is my favorite time of year at Dance Connection and our Paint Nights are a quintessential example of the generosity, camaraderie, and excitement of putting together a piece of live theater.  The entire staff at Dance Connection appreciates the hard work of our volunteer painters, builders, artists, craftspeople, and artisans – they make the show possible every year.

– Joe Naftal, Marketing Director & “Just Dance” Production Manager


Dance Connection’s next Paint Night/Beer Build will be held at the studio on Friday, June 2 from 8:00-10:00PM.  Make sure to RSVP ahead of time as space is limited.


Joe Naftal

Joe Naftal is the Marketing Director for Dance Connection. When not working at Dance Connection, Joe has a career as a theatrical lighting designer, assistant designer, and production manager. His experience spans the worlds of classical and contemporary theatre, musicals, ballet, modern dance, and opera. In addition to his work at Dance Connection, Joe collaborates with Dance Studio Owners across the country, is a member of the Panel of Experts, has been featured in the business section of Dance Teacher Magazine, and was on the seminar faculty for the 2016 Dance Teacher Summit in New York City. Joe holds a BFA from UNC School of the Arts and is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).