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October 18, 2012
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Tahoe Players educates, engages Incline artists

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Tahoe Players was thrilled to start our year-round guest artist program recently with performance artist and guest dance-teacher, Noah Gouldsmith.

Noah was performing in "Jersey Nights" the musical. While he danced in the show six days a week, he was beyond excited to spend his only day off at Lake Tahoe sharing his talent with local students of Tahoe Players Dance Studio.

His energy and enthusiasm was shared while teaching choreography, jazz, leaps turns and acrobatics, ballet and adult contemporary. As Noah is so talented, we are very happy to see that he has been selected to join the Broadway show, "Wicked!"

We are fortunate to have other such talented and enthusiastic teachers gracing the shores of Incline. Our newest teacher, Maureen Kelly, received her BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and went on to New York to perform with the "Notes In Motion Company." She has taught and choreographed at various high schools in the Orange County area and is excited to bring her creativity to Tahoe Players.

Britnee Bramy, a Tahoe local, is a recent graduate from UNLV with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Production and Stage Management. Britnee is a very talented ballet, jazz, contemporary and modern dancer as well as instructor. While at school, Britnee concentrated on Modern Floor Work, Limon and Hawkins Technique.

The teachers at Tahoe Players impart their passion for performance to us, the audience, and to our children as art educators in stage craft, dance, acting and singing. Lily Baran teaches ballet, jazz, choreography, Glee and musical theater classes; Michelle Michelson teaches tap and Latin ballroom; and Meg Cooper rocks on aerial silks and break dance.

As part of Tahoe Players' continuing arts education program, Baran will be taking students to see Alonzo King's Lines Ballet Company's opening night performance in San Francisco on Oct. 19. Tahoe Players dancers will spent the night in San Francisco and wake up early the next morning to take classes in ballet, pointe, contact improvisation, contemporary, Pilates and Latin dance from San Francisco's finest instructors at Open Dance Centers School of Rhythm and Motion.

Baran - also the executive director of the nonprofit component, Tahoe Players Association - and Karen Osborne, a dedicated Incline volunteer, are also working hard to continue the efforts started by Monica Folio to offer exceptional performance education for more than 7,000 Washoe and surrounding county school children each December.

This year's production is "Miracle on 34th St. the Musical" to be performed at John Ascuaga's Nugget in the celebrity showroom Dec. 15-16 for the public and Dec. 3-7 for school children.

Tahoe Players has the full support of new superintendent Pedro Martinez who said that he sees Tahoe Players as, "an extension of the Washoe County arts programs." With his blessing, local students are excused from school to perform in front of their peers.

Tahoe Players comes full circle from an educational aspect with our own local talent often exposing school children to their first taste of a Broadway Stage production, either as performers themselves, or as young students on a field trip, going to see a show.

Baran continues to pave a way for professional performance art education in a variety of venues for our local school children. She is a singer in her own right and has a rare breadth of practical experience, knowledge and wisdom, which is a welcoming surprise when one finds out how young she is. Baran is already a class act, and when you meet her, it's as though a seasoned wise performer who is three times her age stands before you, as it is apparent immediately that Miss Lily has been on stage and around performance art with several generations of experience speaking through her.

Go to the virtual studio at www.tahoeplayers.org to register, or walk in and get a punch card to take one of many offerings from ballroom to tap, ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, aerial silks, Glee and musical theater. Classes are available from age 3 years to adult. Tahoe Players is located at 920 Incline Way, Suite D (above Goldfish properties). Call 775-831-0379.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 18, 2012 12:29PM Published Oct 18, 2012 12:28PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.