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John Hayes O'Neill Studio of Dance unable to hold end of year performance

10 seniors from Rome Free Academy, Holland Patent, and New Hartford who attended the dance studio were unable to have their final moment in the spotlight.

Posted: Jun 7, 2020 7:33 PM
Updated: Jun 7, 2020 11:48 PM

ROME, NY – Sunday was supposed to be the end of the year performance day at the John Hayes O’Neill Studio of Dance.

Unfortunately, because of the coronavirus, this was one time that the show couldn’t go on.

That meant 10 seniors from Rome Free Academy, Holland Patent, and New Hartford who attended the dance studio were unable to have their final moment in the spotlight.

To honor them, family and friends, along with other members of the community drove by the Rome Capitol Theatre - where they have their performances – honking horns and waving congratulatory signs as the seniors waved back safely from the sidewalk.

Stephen Jackson, a director at the John Hayes O’Neill Studio of Dance said the students were definitely disappointed the way the year ended.

“You have to understand, most of these kids have been with us since they were 3 or 4 years old. For them to miss this final performance is actually a huge letdown. That’s why I’ve told them all, down the road when we’re back on stage, we’re going to make sure that they get in and do a performance so they’ll have their time on stage so we can send them off properly.”

Jackson wasn’t surprised at the turnout to honor the graduates.

He says the Rome community has always been overwhelmingly supportive of the dance studio.

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