Dance Visions students get training from Blu, Swoop |

Dance Visions students get training from Blu, Swoop

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Dancers from Dance Vision Performing Arts Center share a laugh with Swoop, Ryan Heffington and Marissa Gutierrez at the Winterest Dance Convention. From left, front row, are Whitney Gardner, Alexis Arens, Becca Lincoln, Gutierez and Dino Elias. In back are Heffington, Gina Hernandez and Swoop.

Students, team members and instructors from Dance Visions Performing Arts Center attended the Winterfest Dance Convention in Reno from Feb. 20-21. The event was organized and directed by Gina Hernandez of Dance Unlimited in Reno.

The two-day convention consisted of intensive dance instruction from professional dance teachers from all over the West Coast. Teaching hip-hop classes at the convention were Swoop, who starred in “You Got Served,” appeared in “13 Going On 30,” and worked an as MTV choreographer for Snoop Dog; and Blu, who has performed with Busta Rhymes, R. Kelly and Jay-Z. Tap instruction was given by Marissa Gutierrez, who worked with Savion Glover for the 2004 tap awards. Interpretive dance was taught by Ryan Heffington from The Edge Studios. Terry Beaman, from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, taught a lyrical class.

Students from Dance Visions who attended Winterfest were Katherine Grasso, Kristina Betts, Dana Nott, Becca Lincoln, Jessica Wahl, Meredith Grasso, Carleigh Dauscher, Ali Dauscher, Jillian Dauscher, Whitney Gardner, Michael Gardner, Jillian Raney, Alexis Arens, Dino Elias, Suzie Elias, Kevin Novotny, Corinne Novotny, Lauren George, Abrie Parrish, Bailey Adams, Jess Latta, Jenna Fragola, Cassandra Fastabend and Casey Huber.

A few Dance Visions students were awarded scholarships at the end of the weekend. Alexis Arens and Whitney Gardner each won a scholarship to attend the Winterfest Dance Convention in Reno in 2006. Becca Lincoln and Dino Elias each won a weeklong scholarship to L.A. Dance Camp in the High Sierra, which takes place this summer at Lake Tahoe. Jess Latta and Suzie Elias attended this convention on scholarships they won last year.

The Winterfest Dance Convention not only brought out the best dancer in all the students, but had informal lectures on professional acting and dancing. The importance of a healthy body and mind for the performer – as well as getting an education – was also a main focus of the convention.

Dance Visions Performing Center is located behind Round Hill Square Shopping Center Call (775) 588-5425.