Sleeping Beauty: A Socially Distanced Dance Film at Warwick Drive-In

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The Warwick Drive-In Theater will be premiering “Sleeping Beauty: A Socially Distanced Dance Film” on Wed., Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. The film features local students from the Warwick Center for the Performing Arts and the Warwick Dance Collective, including Arianna Henry, Jonathan Matthews, Nick Peregrino, and Tami Small, with a special appearance by local business owner Adam Powers. 

“Sleeping Beauty” was co-directed, produced, and edited by sisters Melissa Padham-Maass and Jennifer Padham through a socially distanced process, after the live stage production originally scheduled for this spring at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students and Dance Collective members attended online rehearsals via Zoom throughout the spring, followed by 10 days of video shoots held in Padham-Maass’s backyard with a small number of family members serving as the film crew. The team filmed students under age 10 individually, and older students were filmed in small groups and kept 6 feet apart at all times. The footage was then edited together into a feature-length film. 

Tickets are available now at, with admission by presale only as space is limited. 

The Warwick Dance Collective will be using a similarly creative approach for their Summer Dance Intensive, scheduled for August 17–21 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for ages 8 and up. The program will feature in-person ballet, pointe/pre-pointe, conditioning, contemporary, modern, jazz, and hip-hop classes, with small class sizes following all CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, as well as an option to attend all classes virtually via Zoom. Registration for the Summer Intensive is now open at 

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The Warwick Center for the Performing Arts, with the Warwick Dance Collective, will be presenting “Sleeping Beauty: A Socially Distanced Dance Film” at the Warwick Drive-In on Wed., Aug. 19. 

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Arianna Henry, originally from Warwick, will be featured in “Sleeping Beauty: A Socially Distanced Dance Film” that will be shown at the Warwick Drive-In on Wed., Aug. 19.

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