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Tahoe Youth Ballet launches Tear Down This Wall campaign

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Danielle Hankinson/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.Camille Joubert and Damien Johnson in performance at Sugar Pine Point State Park, August 2011.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; Tahoe Cityandamp;#8217;s own ballet company has broken barriers on the stage by presenting a variety of cutting-edge works by artists and collaborators in performances and workshops. Now the company has a ploy to break down one big barrier to help their continuing classes and programs expand.Most of this work has been accomplished in Tahoe Youth Balletandamp;#8217;s studio on the second floor of the Cobblestone Center, in a space with only 568 square feet of dance floor. A small ensemble, TYB regularly consists of five to seven local dancers, with two or three guest artists joining them in performances. andamp;#8220;I am so thankful to have such a beautiful space to teach and create in,andamp;#8221; said Christin Hanna, Tahoe native and founding director of the company. andamp;#8220;But we are limited in what we can do. Itandamp;#8217;s hard to help dancers explore bigger movement when they are running into one another. We keep saying andamp;#8216;when the wall comes downandamp;#8217; and it has become clear that we have done all that we can in the space we currently have. Hanna is referring to the wall that divides TYB and the vacant space next door; expanding would almost double the dance-able floor space to 988 square feet. This fall, Hanna made the choice to go after the space. andamp;#8220;In order for the work we do to reach more dancers, community members and students, we have to be able to share our space. We can host larger workshops, artist-in-residency programs for guest choreographers, and host more open rehearsals for the community to become involved in the creative and educational process on a regular basis.andamp;#8221;The companyandamp;#8217;s fundraising campaign can be found on indoegogo.com, a site launched in 2008 with the purpose of helping small projects and independent artists fund their ideas. TYBandamp;#8217;s campaign, Tear Down This Wall, offers giving levels from $5-$500 dollars with a set of perks that include performance tickets, company photographs, and commemoration in the newly expanded space. The video that accompanies the campaign offers a cheeky look at TYBandamp;#8217;s talented dancers running into walls and cutting corners in the currently cramped space.Like all donations made to Tahoe Youth Ballet, any amount given is tax-deductible through the companyandamp;#8217;s fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. TYB premiered in June 2009 and has become known for its diverse repertoire, its dash and spirit, and its refusal to be andamp;#8220;small.andamp;#8221; Dance fans visiting Tahoe have been regularly dazzled by the ability of TYBandamp;#8217;s pre-professional dancers to produce the same kind of impact better-known companies produce in larger venues. Their recent performance at Sugar Pine Point State Park in August has been much talked about and will be added to their annual performance schedule.For additional information, please contact Christin Hanna at Tahoe Youth Ballet, 530-613-4363 or e-mail christin@tahoeyouthballet.com.