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Academy of Dance Arts plans annual spring show

Staff reports

The Academy of Dance Arts is taking a road trip across the USA and a cruise around the world in search of a new land in its Spring Concert ’99, “Dancin’ Across America” and “An Ocean Adventure,” June 2 and 3 at Caesars Tahoe Circus Maximus Showroom.

Show times are 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. They can be purchased at the door an hour prior to show times.

“Different parts of the U.S. are known for certain types of music,” said Kelly O’Fallon, owner and director of the Academy of Dance Arts. “Nashville is best known for country, while New York is known for Broadway and the street beat of rap. Chicago has the Big Band sound, while Detroit is the home of the funky soul sound of Motown. What better way to discover all these different types of music than to visit the cities where the variety of sounds originated.

“All the songs in the jazz and tap portion of the show are incorporated into the many facets of taking a road trip, whether it’s a song about a certain city, a type of music a city is known for, transportation to and from cities or a song about preparing for a trip. It all comes together for one dynamic trip across the USA.”

Not only are the jazz, tap and preschool classes excited to be “Dancin’ Across America,” but the ballet students are ecstatic about their “Ocean Adventure.”

“Creating a different full-length ballet for my students every year takes much time, effort and commitment from all involved,” O’Fallon said. “After watching all the students breathe life into their characters every year, work together with the other ballet classes and adapt to the varied styles of classical music, it reinforces the fact that the final product is an invaluable learning experience in their continuing dance education.”

O’Fallon said this year’s show is a tale of adventure, beauty, catastrophe, friendship and hope, complete with adventurers, many creatures of the sea, a storm, a shipwreck, magical mermaids and, finally, a tropical island filled with beautiful peacocks and natives.

“There is something for everyone to enjoy,” she said.

The show celebrates the Academy of Dance Arts’ fifth annual show.