Ready to dance the night away

Annual spring performance Friday is highlight of year for studio

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— Miranda Watts has tried ballet and jazz, but until this year she had never strapped a pair of tap shoes to her feet.

The 9-year-old dancer will join five other beginning tap dancers to perform at the Let's Dance Studio's annual Spring Dance Performance on Friday.

"I am going to try not mess up, because the dances are hard," Miranda said Thursday after an exhausting rehearsal of the "Saturday Night Fever"-inspired dance she will perform.

"We are going to look our best and get our turns right," she said.

Let's Dance studio owner Tam--ara Bereznak said the spring performance is the highlight of the year for the dancers and the community.

This year, more than 100 dancers from 11 classes will perform about 20 routines during the two-hour show.

"We have a great variety and great style. We're mixing jazz, ballet and tap, hip-hop, lyrical and freestyle," Bereznak said.

Last year, nearly 350 people filled Soroco High School's gymnasium to watch the show.

"We have a big crowd every year. I am so glad there is so much community support for this," she said.

"One reason I am glad to have the performance is because it brings performing arts to our small community. It expands our culture," she said.

"The people who live here don't have to go somewhere else to see a performance or see someone they know perform."

Bereznak said her only expectations are for the dancers to smile and have fun.

"We're not Broadway. We keep it all in perspective. You never know what is going to happen," she said. "But everyone pulls through it, and the smiles -- from me, from the dancers, from the audience -- just emanate."

The dancers come from various skill levels and generations.

Tina Zywicki, her daughter and her mother, Sue Cardenas, are three generations of dancers.

Zywicki and Cardenas are one of three mother-daughter pairs that will dance to "You've Got What it Takes."

"I used to be shy, but now I'm a big ham on stage," Zywicki said.

Bea Cole and her daughter, Kim--berlyn Cole, agree that dancing together has brought them closer.

"(Dancing) together is more fun. It's created a very special bond between us," Bea Cole said.

Trixie Romero said she and her daughter Brittney are looking forward to the performance for one reason.

"To be in the spotlight," Trixie Romero said.

"The applause is absolutely the best part," Bea Cole said. "You can hear the cat calls from the audience, and know you've really done it," she said.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com






What: Let's Dance Spring Dance Performance Where: Soroco High School, Oak Creek When: 7 p.m. Saturday Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for senior citizens and children younger than 12 Call: Tamara Bereznak at 736-2513

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