Sierra Dance Institute presents "Transformation" |

Sierra Dance Institute presents "Transformation"

George Jayne emphasizes that Sierra Dance Institute’s upcoming annual performance in Grass Valley, “Transformation,” is a “show, not a recital.”

Jayne knows all about shows. When he auditioned for Disney Corporation in Anaheim at the age of 17, and later danced for Disney for three and a half years, Jayne learned about all aspects of a performance.

Jayne, now 50, has done television specials, danced in films and performed in Las Vegas stage productions … and then there’s the “one Academy Award show.”

Jayne has also taught dance in Nevada County for 25 years, and has owned Sierra Dance Institute in Grass Valley for the past 14 years. Ten other teachers work there.

During the next two Fridays and Saturdays, “Transformation” will feature 350 to 400 dancers, ages 5 years to adult.

When asked what viewers can expect, Jayne said, “solos, trios, small groups, large production numbers.” And not just dancing. Singers, both soloists and groups, will add even more variety to the jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, swing, modern, lyrical and dance-aerobic displays, all focusing on the talents of SDI’s students.

Speaking about his students, Jayne said girls predominate, although males make up “around 10 percent” of the group.

Former students Tara McArthur and Samantha Corn, both currently attending California State University-Long Beach, have returned to choreograph and perform a number in this year’s show.

Jayne also mentioned “Cuban Pete,” a beginning jazz routine featuring 15 young girls in “Carmen Miranda-type” costumes and laughs.

Showtime is 7 p.m. the next two Fridays and Saturdays at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St.

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Sierra Dance Institute’s shows sell out. For tickets or any questions, call 477-7644.

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