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Ballerinas to perform North Shore holiday show

Julie Brown
Sierra Sun
Courtesy photo/Sierra SunLocal ballerinas in the Tahoe Dance School perform in last year's holiday production. The Tahoe Dance School and Arts for the Schools present this year's holiday whow this weekend at the North Tahoe High School Auditorium.
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Maintaining a long tradition, ballerinas with the Tahoe Dance School will star in the annual holiday production this weekend.

The Tahoe Dance School and Arts for the Schools will present two ballet performances, the first at 7:30 p.m. Friday and the second at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Both will be performed at North Tahoe High School’s newly renovated auditorium.

“It’s unbelievable the amount of detail that goes into a performance like this,” said Director Dee Dee Terzian of the holiday show.

The first dance, “The Toy Shop,” caters to the younger dancers, Terzian said. The choreographed musical tells the story of two girls who creep into a toy store after the toy maker forgets to lock the front door.

The second dance, “The Ice Skaters,” features the school’s older dancers, and all Terzian would say is the number captures the holiday spirit.

Arts for the Schools, a nonprofit that brings professional artists from around the world to Tahoe Truckee schools, has sponsored the school for at least 10 years, said Executive Director Terry Yagura.

“We took them under our wing in order to help them come up to doing this like a professional group,” Yagura said. Arts for the Schools also sponsors an annual production by the Truckee-based Sierra Nevada Dance. Since 1984, Arts for the Schools has exposed local students and youths to hundreds of creative professionals.

“A live performance is extremely inspiring and a wonderful experience,” Yagura said. “And it’s very hard to get that here.”

Terzian has directed the Tahoe Dance School for 12 years, watching the company expand from 15 local dancers to 160.

“Very few go on to make a career out of dance,” Terzian said. “But the benefits of what they learn in the classroom and the studio carry on over into their daily life.”