My Echo Story: Lake Tahoe Shining Stars |

My Echo Story: Lake Tahoe Shining Stars

Lake Tahoe Shining Stars is an outreach program that offers children from the South Shore the opportunity to study dance and the performing arts in an environment that is committed to excellence in arts education, family and community. The program is through the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio, which has offered classes for more than 30 years to at-risk children and families in need of assistance.

Shining Stars dancers take part in multiple performance opportunities in a variety of venues in the community. Not only does Shining Stars improve technical dance skills, we have received continued feedback that the program has made a difference in academics, behavior, work ethic and attitude. As students grow up through the program, they often become assistants and role models to the younger dancers. Several former Shining Stars dancers have moved on to college and dance companies, but return often as guest teachers to share their love of dance and donate their time.

The Shining Stars outreach program also teaches with the Bijou Ballet Club and works closely with Tahoe Valley’s Performing Arts program. For the last five years, the director of Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars has taught a class once or twice a year to the special education pre-school class and low income pre-school classes. The teachers of those classes had asked if the program could be offered on a weekly basis for a few months. Through Vail Resorts Echo, the Pre-School Movement, Music and Dance Program has become a reality. This spring, teachers from Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars will be teaching a curriculum that has been specially designed for this age group.

— Corporate sustainability has always been fundamental for Kirkwood and Heavenly Mountain Resorts and their parent company, Vail Resorts. Through Vail Resorts Echo, our sustainability program, we hope to connect our communities to our efforts – from on the ground conservation programs to grants for local schools. Aimed at both protecting the natural resources that surround the resorts and helping build stronger communities where our employees live and work, Vail Resorts Echo encompasses three core efforts: environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community engagement. Want to learn more about VR Echo? Go to

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