Center Stage ‘raises’ the bar |

Center Stage ‘raises’ the bar

Photos courtesy of Adrien Schneider

Center Stage Dance Studio will present the debut of its resident semi-professional dance company Ballerinas Unbarred at 7 p.m. Friday at the Don Baggett Theatre at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley. The evening performance features the choreography of artistic directors Sarah Molaro, Hollie McGovern and Lotus Brock. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at http:/ or at the door.

Ballerinas Unbarred began as a need for a more unfettered dance opportunity for adults and mature youth, according to Center Stage. Dance teachers and choreographers McGovern, Molaro and Brock had been friends and dance companions for years when they realized their potential as artistic directors of a new dance company dedicated to bold, challenging and evocative choreography. The highly skilled dancers in this company all share their discipline for daily classic technique and their appetite for contemporary music and movement. Guest choreographers and fellow faculty members at Center Stage Dance Studio — Nick Katzman, Karen Attix, Trieste Erickson and Natina Pistone — will join the directors for this exciting evening of dance. Also, dancers from the Upper Studio in Arcata, directed by Heather Sorter, will present “Less is More,” Sorter’s original choreography as well as excerpts from the classical ballets “Paquita” and “Raymonda.”

Center Stage Dance Studio will also present its annual June recital Saturday at the Don Baggett Theatre at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley. The theme, “Raising the Barre,” will include a variety of dance styles, featuring the original choreography of the Center Stage Dance Studio faculty and showcasing the talents of their young dance students.

This show represents months of hard work and dedication on the part of the students and parents. Every year, the students get better and more focused in their technical knowledge and their performing abilities; thus, the title “Raising the Barre.” Also featured on the program will be two new works performed by Ballerinas Unbarred.

There are two shows Saturday, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at or at the door.

Center Stage Dance Studio is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to bring quality dance and theater instruction to as many children in our community as possible, regardless of their current economic status. Its scholarship program provides many families in our community the opportunity to experience dance, theatre and performance each year. Center Stage produces three shows annually, including the nationally recognized “Grass Valley Nutcracker.” This signature holiday event is one of the major contributors to the scholarship program.

For more about the performance or Center Stage, visit

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