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Emma Feeley Performs at Big E

Emma Feeley Performs at Big E

The Eastern States Exposition, known locally as the Big E, has been offering attractions to its visitors since the state fair opened in 1916.

For the last few years, one of those attractions has been Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Emma Feeley ’21, who has annually dazzled the crowds in West Springfield, Massachusetts, with her dancing ability.

Along with three of her friends from her dance school, Emma performed in the New England Building for 45 minutes Sept. 18. This was the sixth year Emma and her teammates have had their dance skills showcased at one of the country’s largest fairs.


Emma on dancing at the Big E: “The Big E was fun. It’s different. I was in charge because my teacher was in charge of other classes. I had to make sure I had introductions and I had to make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be and make sure we filled the timeslot – all that fun stuff.”

Emma on the audience at the Big E: “People came and went as they pleased. They sat and watched for a while, and then they would go watch something else. This one little girl kept running back and forth because she wanted to watch.”

Emma on what she likes about dance: “I like the competitive aspect of dance, but the performances are fun, especially around St. Patrick’s Day because people really get into it. It’s fun to watch.”