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Dancers strive to get back on Thomasville Christmas program

Dancers strive to get back on Thomasville Christmas program. Dancers strive to get back on Thomasville Christmas program.
Susan Knisely Susan Knisely
Karen Smith Karen Smith
Andrea Davis Andrea Davis
The dancers created a Facebook page to gather support. The dancers created a Facebook page to gather support.
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

 A group of young dancers is working to show they belong in Thomasville's annual Victorian Christmas.

The tourism department about their decision to remove three dance companies who have been performing at the holiday event for almost a quarter of century.
 
Andrea Davis said she practices several hours a day, in preparation for one event:  Victorian Christmas. "I look out and I see all the parents and grandparents that come from all over Georgia," she said.

But that excitement ended recently, after three local dance companies received a letter from the Thomasville Main Street and Tourism office.

"Honestly it was like a slap in the face," said Susan Knisely. "I've done this since 1990.  Just all of the sudden, they're cutting us out of one of our biggest events of the year."

But Executive Director of Main Street Karen Smith said the decision was based on the growing demands to provide entertainment for close to ten thousand people. "It's not an easy decision to make. It's really not. But we have to look and see what's better for the whole," she said.

Dancers and parents went to Facebook, hoping to gather support to and get their performance back on the program. 

"It's just going to be really sad to go to Victorian Christmas this year and not add to the memories that I have had," said Andrea Davis.

Smith said, based on comments from locals and visitors from last year, this was the path they had to take. "Change is hard. That is something that we all have to remember. It's just a change we have to make. It really is."

Smith said she will work with the dancers to provide more performance opportunities throughout the year. 

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