The Center for the Arts will present the 12th annual STARZ Dance Showcase Friday and Saturday.
The dance extravaganza features more than 100 dancers including dance schools, amateur and professional performers presenting pieces in ballet, belly dance, swing, modern, jazz, lyrical, and — new this year — hoop dancing.
“In the past 11 years, we have seen tremendous growth in our dance community. We are pleased to offer the Center as a professional venue to showcase the amazing and diverse talent we have in this community,” said event producer Marni Marshal.
This year’s show will feature 14 different dance groups.
“You don’t want to miss this stars show. There will be more participants this year than ever before,” said event director George Jayne.
The performance will include more than 170 dancers. The Belly Hive bellydance studio located in downtown Grass Valley will present instructors Jessica Pittaway, Rachel Lazarus, along with their student troupe Tribal Bellies West performing a modern form of bellydance — American Tribal Style.
Also on the bill is the Sierra College Dance Club. Arame Laine is choreographing a modern/jazz dance to Florence and the Machine’s “Bedroom Hymns.”
“I really wanted this dance to portray self-empowerment, especially women’s self empowerment. I believe this song can be interpreted in many ways but I wanted to create a overall positive message from this dance,” Laine said.
The dancers are members of the Sierra College Dance Club also work with dance instructor Lovie Bucknell.
Participating groups include:
AirAligned, Troupe Al Ama, Ballerinas Unbarred, Bear River High School Dance, Center Stage Dance
Centripetal Hoop, Ecos Y Rincones De Nuestra Tierra, The Belly Hive Studio & Tribal Bellies West, Kickin’ and Swingin’, The Movement Alliance, Nevada Union Theatrical Dance, Nevada City Ballet Academy, Sierra Dance Institute, and Sierra College Dance Club.
The STARZ show is a fundraiser for the Center with income helping maintain and improve their 21,000-square-foot facility in downtown Grass Valley.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Center, 314 West Main Street, in Grass Valley.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students 18 and under, and children 5 and under are free but ticket is required.
They are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at www.thecenterforthearts.org or at BriarPatch Co-op. For more information go to www.thecenterforthearts.org.