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Dance Showcase coming to Pagosa

If you have lived in Pagosa Springs for an extended amount of time, I am sure you would agree that our community’s love and support for the arts is extraordinary.

From high school music and theatre programs that brought us Les Mis and The Americana Project, to Music Boosters and the variety of local artists that grace our restaurants and festivals, Pagosa is teeming with talented individuals.

As a junior in high school, I set my heart on learning the art of dance and found that although we have many diverse programs for artistic learning, very few of them included technical dance instruction.

Luckily for me, Stephanie Jones, the founder of San Juan Dance Academy, took me under her wing and began training me in classical ballet. In order to learn a variety of dance styles I traveled back and forth between Pagosa and Durango up to four times a week to train at Dance in the Rockies, the premier competitive dance studio in Durango.

This process was both extremely rewarding and exhausting, I decided to bring what I had learned at Dance in the Rockies to young dancers in Pagosa Springs, making it more accessible and less expensive. The past three years I have invested myself in training a phenomenal group of young women in several styles of dance including lyrical, jazz, hip hop and modern.

In two weeks I have the pleasure of presenting these young women to you in their first large-scale dance performance.

The showcase will include 10 dances in five styles and will take place Aug. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance at The Lantern Dancer Gift Shop or at the door. Please continue embracing the arts and supporting these hard-working dancers in their craft.

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