Back Stage – Alumna return to Sierra Dance Institute |

Back Stage – Alumna return to Sierra Dance Institute

Several former Sierra Dance Institute students who have since attended university and conservatory dance programs returned to the Grass Valley institute – to teach during its Summer Dance Workshop this month and last month.

“I don’t know why they come back,” joked George Jayne, Sierra Dance Institute owner and teacher. “They just return each year and offer new information they gathered from outside this community. They give back.”

Alison Brigham Clancy, who recently earned a bachelor’s degree in dance from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, will teach advanced and intermediate jazz for five days, beginning Monday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Clancy will also teach intermittently during the Sierra Dance Institute’s regular classes in August. Clancy began taking classes there in grade school.

Tara McArthur and Samantha Corn, two sophomores in California State University at Long Beach’s dance program, have been here since the workshop opened on July 12.

McArthur works with the intermediate/advanced jazz students and Corn works with the intermediate jazz students.

Risa Larsen, who moved from Nevada County to Europe 18 months ago and is studying dance at a Norway conservatory, has taught jazz here from early June through this week.

“It was fun to come back and show what we’ve done in Norway. It’s got a lot of the L.A. style,” said Larsen last week. She plans on moving to Los Angeles next summer and periodically teaching here.

The Sierra Dance Institute is on the Center for the Arts’ second floor at 314 W. Main St. Call 477-7644 for more information about taking classes with the returning guest teachers.

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