Get your groove on: dance convention comes to South Shore for first time |

Get your groove on: dance convention comes to South Shore for first time

Autumn Whitney
Dance instructor Lauren Reins teaches a class at Western Nevada Performing Arts in Carson City. She is also on staff for Prestige Dance Experience.
Courtesy / Prestige Dance Experience |

Tap, jazz, funk and more — passionate local dancers, rejoice! For the first time, a two-day dance convention will come to Stateline, offering intermediate to advanced dancers the chance to receive instruction from local and celebrity high-caliber teachers.

Prestige Dance Experience, as it’s known, comes to MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23, focusing on dancer encouragement and intimate quality training for ages 6 and up.

“Because we don’t have these events [in Tahoe] I wanted to highlight the community aspect. It’s a weekend of classes with celebrity and local choreographers.

“There’s a bunch of extra little experiences that little kids would not normally be able to partake in. It’s an all-inclusive workshop weekend,” Prestige Dance Experience owner Madeline Feldman said.

Feldman, who currently resides in Zephyr Cove, grew up dancing in Lake Tahoe and experienced first-hand the lack of local conventions. She had to travel extensively in order to attend various dance workshops, and wanted to make the experience more accessible to those living in the area.

Dance is an expensive sport — in addition to studio membership, convention travel costs are coupled with workshops themselves, resulting in steep prices not all families can afford.

“I don’t know whether it’s an unsecure market or too small — but for whatever reason, we’d always travel. Each studio picks one to four conventions they travel to, mostly in the Bay Area or Los Angeles.

“Why not bring the training to us? I saw it was something the community would really benefit from, from a training standpoint,” Feldman said.

At Prestige Dance Experience, a variety of classes will be offered — contemporary, hip hop, jazz funk, tap, locking and breaking, in addition to specialty classes and more. Attendees are divided into groups based on level, rather than age.

The conference can accommodate approximately 300 people. Tentative hours are currently 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23. A definitive schedule will be released approximately two weeks prior to the event.

“One of the coolest parts of the experience is the scholarship we’re giving away — a year of paid tuition to the dancer’s home studio.

“There’s no scholarship like that. Most conventions give you a free pass to come back to the convention. We’ve made it about the dancer and their family and what their needs are,” Feldman said.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, enrollment in Prestige Dance Experience is required. Details on the scholarship application process are provided upon registration to the event.

To register and receive additional information, visit Get $50 off Prestige Dance Experience registration price by entering the discount code “TRIBUNE”.

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