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Support the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival: 60 reasons in 60 days

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Local dancers performed Balanchine’s Serenade in the 2013 Lake Tahoe Dance Festival.

Tahoe Youth Ballet has kicked off its crowd funding campaign to support the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival. The $7,500 that Tahoe Youth Ballet, the producer of the Festival, hopes to raise through this campaign will purchase plane tickets and secure artist fees for the artists arriving in Tahoe from around the world: Constantine Baecher, founder of Cross Connection Ballet and former dancer with Royal Danish Ballet; Bryan Arias, powerhouse dancer previously with Nederlands Dance Theatre and Kidd Pivot, a Canadian-based contemporary dance company; Kristina Berger, with Erick Hawkins Dance, performing a historic, rarely seen Hawkins work, Greek Dreams; and Deborah Lohse, freelance choreographer and member of Doug Elkins Company.

The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival exists to present first-rate, professional dance and dance instruction in North Lake Tahoe with three goals: to promote dance itself, to enrich the lives of the Tahoe community and to promote Tahoe as a cultural destination.

"Tahoe offers many charms — we love paddleboarding, river rafting and hiking too — but we also believe that seeing a live performance changes the way you see the world, and that should be a part of daily life in Tahoe as well," said Christin Hanna, who founded Tahoe Youth Ballet in 2009.

"Our goal reflects the full budget for artists' fees and transportation," explained Hanna. "We walk the line of hoping that our ticket sales cover these fees as well as our other production costs but with your help, we can secure a high level of quality and the future of the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival."

Each day of the campaign will feature a different personality and a reason to support the festival: artists, students, fans, supporters and more will lend a photo and a reason you to support this great cultural event in Tahoe City. Images will be shared on Tahoe Youth Ballet and Lake Tahoe Dance Festival Facebook pages and Instagram feeds.

Want to know more about the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival or contribute to the campaign? Visit laketahoedancefestival.org