An extravagance of riches to dance across center’s stage |

An extravagance of riches to dance across center’s stage

The popular dance showcase – Starz – returns with performances from swing to belly dance and break dance to ballet. More than 200 dancers from 17 dance groups of professionals and amateurs plan to thrill audiences with six performances during two weekends.

Highlights include:

Two new dances from the aerial dance group, AirAligned.

Pieces from Nevada Union High School’s Student Choreography Showcase that premiered last month.

The Bravards of Jitterbugs Inc., telling a story in swing.

“Echa Palante” – a Latin production number by a choreographer in Los Angeles with 52 dancers from the Sierra Dance Institute dancing in it.

“The really cool (he pronounces it ‘kewl”) thing about ‘Echa Palante,'” said George Jayne, owner of the institute, “are the different levels (beginning, intermediate to advanced; ages 10 to high school seniors) in the same dance.”

Speaking about Starz, Jayne, who is the show’s artistic director, says, “It allows Nevada County Area residents to view all the different dance groups in one location. Dance is huge here. It started as a tiny thing when I got here 25 years ago and now has expanded out. It’s really wonderful.”

Besides being a premier showcase for local talent, the Starz Show is also a source of scholarships, which are given to young dancers. More than $2,000 was presented last year to 10 dancers. This year, the first annual Marilyn Faulkenberry Dance Scholarship will award $1,000 to an aspiring dance artist.

Visit or call (530) 274-8384 for more information about the 2008 scholarships.

WHAT: The 2008 Starz Show

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays, March 14, 15, 21 and 22. Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

ADMISSION: Reserved seating tickets $15 adults; $12 seniors 65 and over and children 12 and under on sale only at the center’s box office (noon to 5, Tuesday through Saturday).

INFORMATION: (530) 274-8384, ext. 14;

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