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Dance show inspired by 9/11 attacks

Carol Feineman
The Union StaffA dancer rehearses in a class given by Natina Pistone, organizer of "Reach for Peace."
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Saturday’s and Sunday’s “Reach For Peace” multicultural dance showcase serves two purposes.

Organized by Natina Pistone, the benefit for Bitney Springs Charter High School is also a way for her to help student Anna Rainville with a senior project. Pistone teaches dance there.

“‘Reach for Peace’ evolved from our sadness and helplessness we felt after Sept. 11,” Pistone said. “It was so difficult to come to work on Sept. 12 and teach the joy of dance to these kids. So I choreographed a piece on civil rights and Martin Luther King Jr. and also that beautifully appropriate song by Marvin Gaye, ‘What’s Goin’ On?'”

Besides these two pieces performed at the benefit by Bitney Springs Charter High School dancers, other works will be by Earth Rhythm Dancers, Judtka Gypsy Dance, Sierra Dance Institute, Nevada City School of the Arts and the Classical School of Ballet.

Styles will include African, jazz, hip-hop, modern, flamenco, lyrical, ballet and tribal fusion.

Know and Go

WHAT: “Reach for Peace” multicultural dance showcase

WHEN: Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets at Odyssey Books


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