Posted by : June 19, 2014| On :
By Sherry Boone Landrum
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Dance Connection in Mabank students performed Musical on Parade at the Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) auditorium June 8.
Students performed ballet, tap, jazz-hip hop, and lyrical renditions from many musicals including A Chorus Line, Annie, Cats, Oklahoma, Footloose and Grease.
Kicking off the performance was “The Shadow Waltz” from Gold Diggers of 1933, which features ballerinas with violins outlined in neon. The visually stunning opening sequence was executed with black lights.
In addition to offering regular dance classes, The Dance Connection is home for the Synergy All-Stars.
This dance team was created to encourage team work, the pursuit of excellence and community philanthropy through dance performance.
The All-Stars received excellent ratings at dance competitions for their adaptations from Amazing Grace, Cats and Footloose.
Dancing is an excellent form of exercise, as well as a creative outlet.
According to the National Dance Education Organization, dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted, but the emotional, social and cognitive attributes have only recently begun to be appreciated.
Through creative movement classes, some of the youngest children at The Dance Connection are already learning to express their emotions, become aware of themselves and their environment, develop control of their motor skills, and improve their ability to listen and follow directions.
Many more photos from this event can be found in the Thursday June 19, 2014 issue of The Monitor.
Posted by : June 12, 2014| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–One of the longest running and most-anticipated events in the Cedar Creek Lake area is the annual Western Week held in Mabank the last week of June, starting Monday, 23 and ending Saturday, June 28.
The Mabank Volunteer Fire Department event highlights the area’s ranching past, culminating in a dust-flying rodeo at Andrew Gibbs Memorial Arena on the final two days. CWT, is producing this year’s rodeo.
Owned by Charlie and Colt Thompson, CWT begins rodeo action at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28. The family-friendly entertainment costs $5 for adults 13 and up, and $3 for children 5 and older. Four-year-olds and under enter free. Slack rodeo, including timed events, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 28.
Books open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday. UPRA & CPRA dress code will be followed and a negative Coggins is required. Entry fee is $80. For more information, call Kim Ackel at (409) 781-3902.
Rodeo events include calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel riding, bull riding, bareback riding, ranch bronc, novice barrels for those 12 years old and under and a calf scramble.
On Monday, ten Western Week Rodeo Queen nominees begin their horsemanship rehearsals in the arena. On Tuesday, everyone is invited to a stress-relieving night of fun and games, contests of skills and wits the whole community can enjoy, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Mabank park pavilion.
Children expecting to participate in the stick horse race for 7 year-olds and under at the rodeo, must have participated in the stick horse game Tuesday night.
The Queen and her court are named at a special barbecue dinner on Wednesday at a new venue, BNR Pit Grill on N. Mason Street. Then Friday, this year’s rodeo queen leads the grand procession.
Kids attending the rodeo in two age groups will get a chance to grab money off a calf’s tail during the rodeo. Laughter and shouts of glee are the primary sounds in the arena, along with the bellow of the unsuspecting calfs.
The Western Week Parade gets underway at 5 p.m. Saturday, winding its way from the rodeo arena through downtown Market Street and up past the Mabank Nursing Home and then back to the rodeo grounds before the start of the final night of rodeo excitement at 8 p.m.
Posted by : June 9, 2014| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The 59th Mabank Rodeo and Western Week, slated for June 23-28, will be dedicated to Alene Gibbs – the last First Lady of Rodeo and Western Week. She was a fine horsewoman and one of the founders of the Mabank Riding Club.
Alene died April 11 at the age of 94. She loved jokes and having fun; and kept a lively sense of humor. Mabank’s rodeo arena was named for her husband, Andrew; the couple was married for nearly 50 years, before his death.
Their daughters, Andrea Pickens and Bettie Busby, carry on the Western Week tradition as flag bearers in the rodeo grand entry. This family upholds the Western Week legacy begun in 1955, which was set to give area young people a fun reason to get together for friendly competition in the summertime.
“The Mabank Fire Department, who sponsors the week-long event, is honored to have Mrs. Gibbs as a true friend and supporter,” rodeo chairman Johnny Adams said. “It is our privilege to dedicate this year’s festivities to her memory.”
Each year, the fire department hosts the rodeo events as a fundraiser with generous support from Mabank businesses and individuals. It includes gathering 10 young horsewomen to compete for the title of Western Week Rodeo Queen, hosting a thrilling rodeo competition, a game night that features a bed race and a parade, honoring the area’s ranching and farming heritage.
Make plans now to share this time-honored tradition with your family and friends.