Conference was productive for dancers |

Conference was productive for dancers

Provided to the Tribune

Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Students from the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio relax during a contest in Las Vegas.

Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars showed that this area produces some excellent dancers when they attended a recent dance convention in Las Vegas.

The dancers and teachers from the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio received recognition in a variety of areas.

Local dance teachers who attended and were acknowledged for their excellence included Nicole Mora in ballet, Angie Gooch in hip hop and Marcia Sarosik in tap and teaching techniques.

The convention was attended by more than 600 students and 50 teachers from the United States, Europe and Mexico. The students attending from the South Shore went to the convention for the purpose of furthering their dance education. The fact that the advanced tap students made an impression on the instructors at the convention among so many other dancers was a wonderful acknowledgment of the dancers’ training. Similar compliments were given in the areas of ballet, jazz, hip hop and lyrical.

Former Shining Stars who have gone on to further their dance careers also attended the convention. Ashley Kern, who is a member of the Young Americans Performing Troupe out of Los Angeles, and Kylee Weiss, who is an instructor at a studio in the Sacramento area and a member of the nationally ranked Sac State Dance Team, were also recognized numerous times in a variety of areas throughout the four days of classes.

Ten younger students from the dance studio also attended the convention. Dancer Chelsea Wightman was selected to demonstrate in many of the classes. She was then selected to audition as part of the faculty performance and was awarded a convention scholarship. The dancers are continuing their training this summer with guest instructors from the Bay Area and Los Angeles and then will begin their regular season of classes and performances in September.