Back Stage – Annual dance shows honoring youth kick off |

Back Stage – Annual dance shows honoring youth kick off

“A Student Choreography Showcase,” presented last weekend by the Nevada Union High School’s theatrical dance department, and this weekend’s “Fantasy of Stars” by Bear River High School, which integrates dancing into much of its vocal performances, kick off several annual dance showcases focusing on area youth. All the showcases attract full houses.

Next up will be the second annual “The Starz Show,” March 5-6 and 12-14, presented by and at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Proceeds will go to the center and a new community dance scholarship fund.

“The Starz Show” will include performances by several groups, including Expressions School of Dance, Sierra Dance Institute, Lovie Bucknell’s jazz and modern dance students at Sierra College, Movement Alliance, Glass Bead Players, Al Ama belly dance, Sage Hoban’s belly dance students and Tommyknocker Cloggers’ adult and youth groups.

Sierra Dance Institute’s owner and teacher George Jayne is the artistic director; Jon Blinder, the center’s president, is producer. “The Starz Show” was created when the Nevada County Arts Council-sponsored “Reach for the Stars” was discontinued.

“‘Reach for the Stars’ was such a wonderful experience for, like, 13 years. It helped build all the dance programs in the area by exposing us to the community,” Jayne said. “‘Starz’ is a celebration of dance in Nevada County. We wanted to continue the wonderful heritage started back then.”

Blinder added, “We’re grateful for the contribution the arts council made in creating and supporting ‘Reach for the Stars.’ We’re delighted to take this on and carry the torch for the future.”

Reserved seating tickets for “The Starz Show” go on sale at the Center for the Arts Feb. 23. Admission will be $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Call the center at 274-8384 for more information.

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