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Academy of Dance Arts director thanks supporters

Staff reports

On June 7 and 8, The Academy of Dance Arts held its spring concert 2000 entitled “A Day in the Life of Bugs” and “A Star is Born” at the Circus Maximus Showroom at Caesars Tahoe.

On behalf of all the students, studio owner Kelly O’Fallon said she would like to thank Courtney Finn for her support in making the use of the room a possibility and Paul Reder for turning the possibility into a reality.

Jennifer Somers and Kevin Hagens from the food and beverage department provided pizza and sandwiches during dress rehearsal, and Judy Snight from the banquets department supplied water for all the dancers. Kim Sperry from housekeeping saw that the upstairs dressing rooms were kept clean, and Dave Sperry from engineering provided the boys with a private dressing room.

“From beginning to end, the different departments at Caesars made our sixth annual spring concert a very pleasant experience for all involved,” O’Fallon said. “By allowing us the privilege to perform in such a beautiful showroom, Caesars continues to prove what a strong supporter they are for the local children in the Tahoe and Gardnerville communities. A million thanks from all of us at The Academy of Dance Arts to all of you at Caesars Tahoe.”

O’Fallon also thanked the Circus Maximus stage crew and the stage manager.

Libby Barkley and Judy Dupuy handled a tough job gracefully on ticket sales, O’Fallon said.

Leslie Broderson, Annette Kangas, Kathie Jarboe, Laura Parsons, Terry Martinez and Sherry Marshall were the backstage organizers, and there were over 50 mothers who helped backstage during the shows.

O’Fallon thanked Angela Gooch and Maren Parsons for their enthusiasm and energy in teaching, Nancy Oliver Hayden of the Tahoe Tribune for publicity, Arte’s Flowers for the flowers for the finale, Alvin and Jeff and Advanced Video for editing the videotape and all the businesses that supported the show by putting an ad in the program.

“It is so very hard to express all the emotions I feel when describing my dancers,” O’Fallon said. “I am so proud of their accomplishments on a weekly basis, but when it all comes together for the show at the end of the season, my pride is bursting at the seams. The descriptions are endless – talent, enthusiasm, energy, beauty, elation, friendship, pride, dedication, commitment, style, discipline, motivation, growth, camaraderie I could go on and on.

“Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough for all that you give of yourselves on a daily and weekly basis throughout the year. I know I expect a lot, and you always rise to the occasion and surpass my highest expectations. All I can say is that I will continue to be there for you and am very humbled by your talent and dedication to the world of dance.”