Members of Steamboat Dance Theatre perform an African dance piece during the group's 2007 concert. Auditions for the 38th annual Steamboat Dance Theatre concert are at 2 p.m. Sunday. Everyone who auditions will be put in the show, which is scheduled for Feb. 25 to 27.

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Members of Steamboat Dance Theatre perform an African dance piece during the group's 2007 concert. Auditions for the 38th annual Steamboat Dance Theatre concert are at 2 p.m. Sunday. Everyone who auditions will be put in the show, which is scheduled for Feb. 25 to 27.

Steamboat Dance Theatre holding auditions Sunday

Dance tryouts for annual concert open to all skill levels

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Move and groove with the Steamboat Dance Theatre.  Learn more about auditions happening Sept 20th at the Northwest Ballet Studio.

Move and groove with the Steamboat Dance Theatre. Learn more about auditions happening Sept 20th at the Northwest Ballet Studio.

If you go

What: Auditions for the 38th annual Steamboat Dance Theatre concert

When: Registration at 2 p.m. Sunday; auditions start at 3 p.m.

Where: Northwest Ballet Studio,

326 Oak St.

Cost: A $20 annual membership free to Steamboat Dance Theatre is required

Call: 871-1880 or go to www.steamboatdanc... for more information

— Steamboat Dance Theatre holds open auditions for its 38th annual winter concert Sunday, and everyone who signs up to be in a piece will be cast in the show.

"Really, this is just an open invitation to have people come and dance with us this year, and there's no pressure at these auditions," said Jenny Meier, co-producer for the concerts, which are scheduled for Feb. 25 to 27.

"It's a very relaxed, fun time where everybody gets to see what different dances are going to be in the show this year and try to see what different dances would be the best fit for them," Meier said.

Registration is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Northwest Ballet Studio on Oak Street. Auditions start at 3 p.m. A $20 annual membership fee to Steamboat Dance Theatre is required but dance experience is not.

There are more than a dozen pieces scheduled for the dance program, said artistic director Tiana Buschmann. Styles include African, belly, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, Broadway jazz, contemporary, hula hoop, Irish step and modern dancing.

"I personally have been challenging my choreographers to put a little bit of edge or a little bit of uniqueness into their choreography so that our show gets better and better every year," Buschmann said.

Buschmann, Meier and co-producer Kelly Erickson chose a variety of styles and skill levels to open up the annual concert - and the five months of working and bonding leading up to it - to as many people as possible, Meier said.

Each piece rehearses for an hour once a week from October through the show at the end of February; there are more rehearsals in the "tech week" leading up to the concert. Anyone interested in auditioning needs to be able to meet that rehearsal commitment, Meier said. Dancers should come to auditions with comfortable clothes, water and dancing shoes if they have them, Buschmann said.

To learn more about Steamboat Dance Theatre and see photos of the winter 2009 concert, go to www.steamboatdancetheatre.org.

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