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Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars present recital

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports
A group of dads and their daughters rehearse for "Surfin' Safari," one of the dance numbers to be featured in the Sarosik Dance Studio recital.
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Ten high school seniors, along with vocalist Angie Gooch, set the stage for Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars’ 2004 recitals with their opening number “All That Dance.” The productions are an entertaining mix of jazz, tap, Irish step, clogging and voice classes. The dancers, who are from the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio, range in age from 2 1/2 to adults (who reserve the right not to disclose their age.)

Showtimes are 7 p.m. April 28, 29 and 30, 3 p.m. May 1 and 4 p.m. May 2. Tickets are $9 general admission and $5 for seniors and students. For ticket information call the studio at (530) 541-7211. The April 30 and May 1 shows are sold out.

Proceeds from the recital are used for improvements to the high school theater, which has been the home of the productions for the past 21 years. The tech crew is made up of high school students from the stagecraft class taught by Liz Niven and Bob Grant. Luke Johnston, on of the stagecraft students who also performs in the show, has worked with the computerized sound equipment, the lighting and sets.

“The kids who tech our shows are dedicated and become part of the studio family. This past summer I received a college graduation announcement from one of our former techies who received her degree in stage and theater with a thank you for giving her the start to her career,” Sarosik said.

The Dance Studio has a scholarship fund that was established this year by students Kelly Wysong and Jessica Wackenhut, who wanted to find a way to share their love of dance with others. They did a series of fund-raisers and worked with the Family Resource Center to provide the opportunity for some of the new shining stars who are part of this year’s performances. The dancers are planning an ice cream fund-raising event later this month. Persons or businesses interested in supporting the efforts of these young women should contact the studio.

The young classes dance to classic recital songs like “The Cat Came Back,” which was performed by the preschool class 10 years ago, “I Enjoy Being a Girl” and hip hop songs “The Coolest Kid on the Block” and “Why Not.” Four different age groups of boys classes perform. The littlest boys dance to “Sk8er Boy,” an award winning dance with their teacher, Ashley Kern, who will be joining the Young Americans Performing Group after graduation. The boys’ routines “Free World,” “Canes,” and “Numbers” were taught by the funky Cooley Jackson. The advanced dancers’ jazz numbers include a spy theme and spicy salsa. There are two musical theater production to a medley from “Hairspray.” The theater jazz routines were choreographed by Lynne Zavacky Barth, whose choreography has been seen in professional productions all over the world.

Three different levels of couples classes perform a mambo, an Elvis number and a shortened version of “Cell Block Tango” from the musical “Chicago.” A mini-ballet “Alice in Wonderland” opens the second half of the show and features soloists and groups choreographed by Nicole Mora. “Miss Nicole” began studying at the studio at the age of 4 and has gone on to train extensively in ballet. She dedicated countless hours to the production and enlisted the help of talented moms and grandmoms, who made the elaborate costumes and sets. Live strings and percussion under the direction of Candace Robinson accompany some of the Irish dances. The ever popular dad/daughter dances close the show.

A talented and diverse faculty provided the dancers the training necessary for this production. Ballet master Bruce King, who has studied and trained numerous dancers both here and in France, has shared his extensive knowledge with the beginning through advanced ballet students. Cyndee Orcutt assists King with his classes and teaches a variety of other dance styles to her own ballet, jazz and lyrical classes. Miriam Blanchette brings her performance background with Michael Flatley along with exceptional training and knowledge of Irish dancing. Marcia Sarosik’s background in dance and education are reflected in her young dancers’ ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and couples classes. Her tap classes include both Broadway tap and advanced rhythm and funk tap. Sophia Carter returned to the studio earlier this year after receiving a degree in dance from Santa Clara University to choreograph and teach technique classes. Guest teachers Edeanna Olejniczak, Kristen Scherwinski, Joanne Robbins and Tony Coppola shared their expertise in various areas with the students this year. The great footwork and rhythms of “Tap Dog” Mike Wittmers of Los Angeles can be seen in the tap routine “The Crew” in this year’s shows. Dancers Kelly Wysong, Denise Wagner, Michelle Carter, Sarah Segal and Bubba Romagnola taught some of the younger classes in a variety of dance styles.

“The studio is a wonderful mix of family – from the families of the dancers themselves to the dancers who have grown up and return as teachers – and professionalism. When you sit in the audience at one of our shows, you can’t help but be impressed by the talent on stage and at the same time feel the warmth and caring of our studio family. We even have dancers coming home for the weekend from college to help the little dancers in the dressing rooms,” Sarosik said.


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