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Academy of Dance Arts sets show

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Over 300 students will be performing in the sixth annual Spring Concert 2000 presented by The Academy of Dance Arts, under the direction of owner and director Kelley O’Fallon.

Spring Concert 2000, entitled “A Day in the Life of …..Bugs and a Star is Born” will be presented in the Circus Maximus showroom at Caesars Tahoe Wednesday and Thursday June 7 and 8. Both shows will be at 5:30 p.m.

“This year, the ballet is simply about bugs,” said O’Fallon, “all types of bugs. From creepy crawly japanese beetles and scorpions to beautiful butterflies and silkmoths. We have peppy little grasshoppers, along with graceful floating waterbugs and adorable little praying mantis. We even included spiders, although they aren’t truly insects; but we decided they were creepy and crawly enough to be included in this year’s Bug Ballet.”

O’Fallon said the jazz and tap portion of the show, “A Star is Born,” is about seven girls who have just graduated from a performing arts school in New York City and are trying to make it as professional dancers, singers and actresses. The first half is all about the hustle and bustle of city life and all the different kinds of people they meet along the way.

“I lived in New York City for a summer when I was 16. I lived and breathed dance,” said O’Fallon. “I woke up every morning and walked to my dance classes. Along the way I would see all the construction going on all over the city. It was a never ending collection of noises 24 hours a day. I would see all the children playing in Central Park. I would see all the street vendors trying to sell their wares. It was such a different world then the town I grew up in. It was very intimidating at first, but once I got used to the pace, I loved it.”

For information, call O’Fallon at 265-1009. The studio is located at 1276 Pit Road #5, Gardnerville.