Carolina Snowbelles To Perform At Kennedy Center (2018-12-05 16:00:01)

A dream will come true for some High Country dancers this December.

Local precision dance troupe, The Carolina Snowbelles, is headed to the nation’s capital to debut their newly conceived holiday show, entitled "A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas," on December 15th at 6 p.m on the prestigious Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The Carolina Snowbelles Precision Dance Company, directed by Cheryl Cutlip, along with the Western Carolina Youth Ballet Company, directed by Brad Parquette, will perform in the one hour production.

The 28-member dance troupe has been rehearsing this one-hour show since August – their most ambitious and comprehensive performance to date.

A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas will feature precision tap and jazz, vocal performance and ballet, as well as spoken word and audience interaction.

Throughout the performance, audience members will experience the Snowbelles’ impressive precision dance and spectacular costuming.

“Our creative team thought it would be a fantastic challenge for the company members ages 10 and up to not only learn the unique style of precision dance, but to also experience creating a one-hour production and travel to DC and NYC to perform," said Cutlip.

Family, friends and supporters are welcome to attend the free show at The Kennedy Center, but if travel isn’t possible, the performance will be streamed online at

As a scholarship program of the nonprofit Project Dance Foundation, young dancers who earn a position with The Carolina Snowbelles through an audition process participate solely on merit.

In the same spirit, the troupe is raising funds so that all dancers will be able to take advantage of this honor.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Project Dance Foundation.

More information can be found at

“Precision dance is an entirely different medium of the artform than most young girls experience, requiring incredible teamwork, which can be a challenge for adolescent girls," said Karyn Kennedy Herterich, president of the Kennedy-Herterich Foundation.

“One of the most positive impacts of Cheryl’s lessons has been the incredible communication skills - especially with older people - and the development of poise and self-esteem. These traits will prove to be invaluable to their futures.”

After performing, dancers will head to New York City to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and meet a Rockette backstage, truly a dream come true for these aspiring dancers.