Our Town: Miss Marcia’s studio has taught thousands to dance
She loves to dance and she loves to teach – what better way to combine her talents than to open a dance studio. That’s exactly what “Miss Marcia” did when she started the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio in 1984 at South Lake Tahoe.
As owner and director of the dance studio, Marcia Sarosik has a wide variety of duties. She is involved in the daily activities of running the studio, overseeing a large staff, making sure students are enrolled in classes, and teaching advanced tap and beginning ballet and hip-hop. She estimates that 2,000 to 3,000 students have come through her studio.
She was born into a Polish family on Jan. 20, 1955, in Hamtrancek, Mich., a small, ethnic enclave surrounded by Detroit. It is common in such multicultural communities for people to have little neighborhood dance studios and she began her career at the age of 5 in a Polish dance studio. A member of a professional Polish polka dance troupe throughout high school and college, she performed all around the country.
Sarosik attended Wayne State University in Detroit on an academic scholarship and received a bachelor’s degree in education as well as a lifetime credential in dance. She met Dennis Sarosik while they were attending the university and they were married the day after she graduated – 31 years ago. Marcia taught school and dance in Michigan and Montana before moving to South Lake Tahoe in 1979, when Dennis was hired by Lake Tahoe Unified School District as a special education teacher.
The Sarosiks have two children. Lisa is 22 and attends the University of Las Vegas. She dances and models and is an intern for Sen. Harry Reid. Evan, 19, is studying business economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
When she is not busy running her dance studio, Sarosik enjoys both downhill and cross country skiing, hiking and walking. Her involvement in the community is centered around her dancers’ performances for all kinds of groups as well as working with the South Tahoe High School performing arts. She also carried the Olympic torch through South Lake Tahoe. Here is how she answered the Tribune’s questions:
“I love to eat and I enjoy all kinds of food. I particularly like the dinners my husband cooks three or four nights a week. He is an excellent cook.”
“Hands down, health care and health insurance. It is a huge crisis and many people have no insurance – it is too expensive. The days of full coverage are over.”
“For my escape reading I like murder mysteries and psychological thrillers. Just today I started researching Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic woman who won a Nobel Prize. She smuggled 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto during World War II.”
“Check out my iPod! I like every kind of music including show tunes, classical jazz, Frank Sinatra and Tchaikovsky. I love children’s music like The Wiggles and I despise music that is demeaning to anyone, but especially to women.”
“A philanthropist. I would build performing arts schools and theaters and everyone would get a scholarship. I’ve never turned away a child who wants to dance and couldn’t afford it. The same thing applies to special needs children. There is a place for every child. It’s not about me, it’s all about the kids.”
“My mom, Irene Stach, or ‘Baci,’ which is grandma in Polish. I didn’t grow up privileged in the monetary sense, but I grew up privileged in the caring family sense. My mom was an anchor. She worked at the Polish dance studio and sewed costumes. She never saw me perform from the audience because she was backstage helping everyone else.”
“I don’t have just one – there are just too many. There are a lot of significant people all through history as well as in all cultures. It’s never just one person, it’s their support. Historical figures have to have other people around them.”
“I’m already married to one!”
“I would choose a cure for cancer because it’s more possible. A variety of factors and people caused the war, not a single person.”
“I’d want another person because they would have something to offer. Every person in the world has something to teach you.”
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