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Rallying around their own

Dance community comes together to benefit Naused family

Margaret Hair

Proceeds from a dance and live music benefit concert tonight will go to Harry, left, Heathre, center, Alex (baby) and Trent Naused, pictured here. Heathre Naused was injured in a Nov. 14 car accident, and gave birth to Alex soon after while in hospital care.

— In months of rehearsal and a week of lengthy run-throughs, members of the Steamboat Dance Theater get pretty close preparing for their annual concert.

For those who participate in the African Dance and Drum Ensemble, that connection gets tighter through twice-weekly classes and practices. When one of those members falls, the rest of the group feels it, said Candice Lombardo, a Dance and Drum Ensemble member.

“It just seems that every time that something like this happens to somebody, it’s like everybody is connected to that person through another person, and everybody rallies together to try to do something,” Lombardo said.

Tonight, that community will come together to raise funds and support for Heathre Naused, an African dance enthusiast who was seriously injured in a November 2007 car accident near Oak Creek Canyon. The event, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center, will include live music, African drumming and dance, belly dancing and food. Donations for the door and proceeds from a silent auction will go to the Naused family.

“We just want to show our support but also create a unique and fun evening showcasing our local talent,” Lombardo said.

Heathre was traveling north on Colorado Highway 131 on the afternoon of Nov. 14 when she lost control of her 1994 Ford Explorer after hitting a patch of ice, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Her car went off the east side of the road and up an embankment before rolling back down and coming to rest on the driver’s side. She gave birth to a son, Alex Naused, while in hospital care after the accident.

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Lombardo said Naused has been part of Steamboat’s African dance community for as long as she’s been involved in it.

Julia Massey, a singer/songwriter who moved to Steamboat in the past year and will perform at tonight’s benefit, said she met Heathre briefly through African dance classes.

“I only knew her just a little bit, but I know that everybody was really concerned, and (the benefit) was a cool example of how the community comes together,” Massey said.