Stuart Handloff: Showcase artistic

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I disagree with the findings of our school board regarding the recent Dance Showcase at the Steamboat Springs High School. I have had the privilege of watching every dance showcase since I began teaching at the school six years ago. Each year, the performances have gotten better and better. All have been entirely appropriate for at least two reasons.

First, the students -- male and female -- who participate in the showcase are artists. It is their job to stretch the limits of their abilities and to explore the limits of popular and classical dance movement. That is what artists do. Secondly, the showcase is intended for high school audiences.

When you consider that American teenagers are fighting and dying in Baghdad, anything in our dance showcase seems tame. High school dancers should choose dance pieces which speak to their hearts. If parents want to take their younger children to performances suitable for third- or fifth-graders, I am sure the middle school and elementary school performers would love the attention.

Stuart Handloff

Steamboat Springs

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