Patriotic theme for dance performance |

Patriotic theme for dance performance

Provided to the TribuneDancers in one of the couples' classes at the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio rehearse for their performance of "Navy Blue." The dance is one of the featured numbers in the "A Tribute to the American Spirit" dance recital scheduled May 1 through 5.

When Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars take to the stage for their 19th annual dance recitals they will pay “A Tribute to the American Spirit.” The performers, who are from the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio, will dance to traditional patriotic tunes like “You’re A Grand Old Flag”, Sousa marches and the Air Force anthem.

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. May 1, 2 and 3, at 3 and 7 p.m. May 4 and at 1:30 p.m. May 5. Doors open 30 minutes before the shows and tickets are still available for some performances. All proceeds are used for improvements at the South Tahoe High School Little Theater. Two new spotlights have already been purchased as part of this year’s donation. For ticket information call (530) 577-8131.

The show will open with the “Star Spangled Banner,” which has become a signature piece for the studio. The dance was premiered at last year’s shows, then restaged for the South Shore’s Red Cross fund-raiser, and just recently was the opening number for the dance gala at the Pioneer Theater in Reno. It features the vocal talent of Tiffany Carter, age 16, who has performed at many venues in the community and toured with the Young Continentals. As she sings a group of dancers perform an elegant lyrical dance framed by beautiful ribbon dancers. One of the couples classes features little sailors in the song, “Navy Blue.” A tribute to the Marines, “Silent Salute,” will feature precision tap dancers. The finale will start off with “Yankee Doodle,” the dance performed at the Olympic Torch ceremonies this past January.

In addition to the patriotic songs the dancers pay tribute to the diversity of the American people, which makes our nation strong. Firemen, construction workers, waitresses, policemen, baseball players, ballet dancers, school teachers, cowboys, business executives and secretaries can be seen in songs like “Workin’ Day and Night,” “She Works Hard for the Money,” “Centerfield” and “Taking Care of Business.” The performances showcase a variety of dance styles including classical ballet and pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, boys’ funk, hip hop, couples, clogging, Irish dance, musical theater and singing. The dancers range in age from 2 1/2 to over 50 and includes the very popular dads and dancing moms.

“Over the five days of shows and six performances, more then 450 performers will take the stage.

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