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Second DRA performance will raise funds for AIDS

by Joyce Hollister

For the second time, young people involved Carson Valley fine arts are reaching beyond their narrow geographical boundaries.

Dancers at two studios and members of the Douglas HIgh School cheerleading and drama groups will present the second annual “DRA, Dancers Responding to AIDS” performance this weekend.

Organizer Katie Reil said she hopes that, by organizing local performances, she may work her way up to producing and choreographing similar dance performances in New York, the Mecca of American dance.

But that’s not all.

“I feel very strongly about the AIDS cause,” she said. “I think this is a great way to contribute. It’s an important cause. A very important cause.”

Last year’s first performance was such a huge success that Katie said she wanted to do it again.

Almost 60 performers aged 8-18 from Ann Peters Dance Workshop, All About Dance and Douglas High will perform Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. in the cafetorium at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the fund-raising program for DRA.

A photo from last year’s performance in Carson Valley was included in the New York-based DRA poster for the 2001 DRA Studio of the Year Competition.

Also, Katie was quoted on the poster, saying “Dancers Responding to AIDS is a wonderful way for fine arts performers to show their love for dance and people in need.”

A raffle will be held with prizes coming from area businesses. Tickets for the raffle are $1.

For more information about tickets, the show or the cause, call 265-3466 or (775) 332-1262.