Tahoe Star Tour: Combines dance, music and science at Northstar-at-Tahoe | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Star Tour: Combines dance, music and science at Northstar-at-Tahoe

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe Star Tours announced two additional event dates, the first of which includes a live dance performance, were added to the line up at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. The Belle Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Cari Cunningham and composed by Ty Williams, will come together with Tahoe Star Tours to celebrate the Milky Way Galaxy in a special performance Friday, Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. An additional Tahoe Star Tours will be held Sunday, Aug. 8.

The Friday evening event will combine dance, poetry and science during a 60-minute performance, followed by telescopic observation. Led by star guide and poet Tony Berendsen, president of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, Tahoe Star Tours offer a unique experience featuring a breathtaking view into the heavens. Hosted at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort for the eighth season, Tahoe Star Tours is the premiere star tours experience in Lake Tahoe and an educational evening for guests of all ages. and#8220;Tahoe Star Tours was already a very unique star gazing experience, and new this season, weand#8217;ve begun to partner theme based performances with star gazing,and#8221; said Berendsen. and#8220;People coming to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in the summer to participate in our star gazing tours now have the opportunity to experience a very special performance by the Belle Contemporary Dance Company that was choreographed specifically for Tahoe Star Tours.and#8221; Every tour is as different as the sky above, but all include a poetry reading, a fun space quiz with prizes, a laser tour of the stars and constellations and a telescopic viewing with equipment provided by Celestron, the worldand#8217;s leading telescope maker. Tours are highly interactive and allow guests to have a hands-on experience at amateur astronomy. Tahoe Star Tours typically take place 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. and meet at the top of the Highlands Gondola at the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. From there, guests are escorted to the viewing location on the deck of the Big Springs Day Lodge, located mid-mountain at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Proper walking footwear is recommended. Remaining Summer 2010 Tahoe Star Tours Dates: Aug. 6, Dance of the Milky Way (performance by Belle Contemporary Dance Company); Aug. 8, The Sunand#8217;s Lost Siblings; Aug. 13, The Milky Way, Perseid Meteor Shower (performance by Accent Nevada, Reno-based string quartet); Aug. 14, The Milky Way; Sept. 3 and 4, Perseid Meteor Shower, Jupiter; Sept. 10, Tribute to Carl Sagan; Sept. 11, Tribute to Carl Sagan (performance by Accent Nevada, Reno-based string quartet).

The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and under. Tours that include performances by Accent Nevada are $75 for adults, $50 for ages 18 and under and also include hot cocoa, coffee and the chance to win a pair of binoculars. All tours include a commemorative flashlight.

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information or reservations, call (800) GO-NORTH (6784) or visit http://www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com.