dance groups

Area dance groups provide holiday entertainment

    Tap Team Northwest, a new touring dance company featuring advanced tap students from Woodinville Dance Centers, Ltd., has already accepted local performance bookings for the Christmas season. The troupe, pictured above, gives free tap dance demonstrations for clubs, retirement centers, shopping mall exhibitions, or schools. Members are (left to right): top row, Melissa Waite, Alecia Klein, Rachel Hancock, Jonathan Crawford, Tiffany Miller, and Elisa Roth; bottom row, Portia Young, Brooke Caldwell, April Thompson, and Nadine Madsen. For more information, call 485-8051.

Woodinville dancers appearing in Dance Time's Christmas Show are (left to right) Ally Matsumura, Kylene Peterson (Mother Ginger, from Duvall), Amanda Hauk, and Katie Riebesehl. The cast is made up of 33 children from the local area.

    Dance Time Contemporary Dance Theater premieres its Children's Christmas Show at Juanita High School Dec. 9, 7 p.m. and Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m. The show features dances choreographed to favorite Christmas carols and the story of the Nutcracker. Frosty the Snowman, magical dolls, Chinese fans, Russian acrobats, and a dreamland filled with candy canes and lollipops are part of the fantasy. Tickets are available at Dance Time in Kirkland or at the door.

From left, Kylene Larson, Tracie Owens, and Jacquie Hines star as the Nutcracker, the Sugarplum Fairy, and Clara.

   Northwest Performance Plus, nonprofit youth touring dance company of dancers aged five to 17, will bring free polished performances of the second act of the "Nutcracker Ballet" to thousands of kids at area schools this holiday season. The troupe, from Woodinville Dance Centers, will perform at Kokanee, Juanita, Cottage Lake, Silver Lake, and Shelton View elementary schools.
   They will also present a performance at Rose Hill Jr. High School Theater on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. This show features choreography and a performance by Ronald Tice, former soloist with American Ballet Theater and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Tice has performed a duet with Mikhail Baryshnikov and studied under Rudolf Nureyev.
   For more information, call 485-8051.