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Dance Theatre Northwest celebrates dance ensemble audition results

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Congratulations to all of the Spring 2017 DTNW Jr Dance Ensemble Members (in order pictured): Ashlynn Steward, Annalise Mitchell, Hannah Priscoe, Dayna Hruby, Willow Marx, Gregory Peloquin, Phoebe Holland, Madeline Ewer, Ellice Bledsoe, Philandra Eargle, Haley Copeland, Oceana Thunder, Emma Young (also selected but not pictured Suza Haskins, Fancy Williamson).
Auditions recently held at Dance Theatre Northwest for the DTNW Junior Dance Ensemble selected this group of young dancers who will participate in a specialized training opportunity that includes classes, workshops, and performing opportunities. These talented members perform with Regional Company Members and guest artists in community service outreach programs such as “Arts Are Education” and “Art inspires Art” where Dance Theatre Northwest presents performances in collaboration with area arts organizations, schools, retirement facilities and in formal concerts.
Tryouts consisted of ballet barre, center, Pointe work and performance of solo variations. The expected outcome of the project is to educate, inspire, motivate, enrich, and instill hope and discipline through dance and music. DTNW members will reach a diverse population as part of our mission through the performing arts and through their formal and community theatrical training opportunities and experiences. Dance Theatre Northwest’s committed staff and volunteer network works hard to insure meeting their organizational goals of accessibility and diversity while maintaining artistic integrity and quality in the company’s programming.
All of these dancers and more will participate in upcoming performances and events that include:

  • Arts Are Education – Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m. FREE at the University Place Civic Center Atrium, 3609 Market St. University Place, WA 98466 (between 37th St. W. and Bridgeport Way W.).; and Wednesday, May 17, 1:30 p.m., FREE at Park Lodge Elementary, 6300 100th Street S.W., Lakewood, WA 98499.
  • Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s – Saturday, June 3, 8-10 a.m., $10 (breakfast), 3819 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466 (just before the Annual Duck Parade & Car Show).
  • “All That Dance” – DTNW’s Spring Concert and Annual School Recital, Saturday, June 24, 4 p.m. at the Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium. 4634 South 74th St., Tacoma, WA 98409 Admission is $11-$13 for students and seniors, $22-$26 for adults.
  • “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” – July 16, 1-4 p.m. at the Curran Apple Orchard, 3920 Grandview Dr. W., University Place, WA 98466. Dancing bears are once again coming to the Curran Apple Orchard, part of the Teddy Bears Picnic! A free, fun, family event in the University Place community.

Dance Theatre Northwest is a 501-(C)-3 Non-Profit Organization. Our goal is to provide American contemporary dance performances and ballet-based dance education; to maintain artistic integrity; and to offer the community an opportunity to experience dance as an important art form. For more information visit www.DTNW.org or call (253) 778-6534
The Joffrey Ballet recently conducted a master class in University Place at Dance Theatre Northwest for area dancers. In addition, auditions were held for the Joffrey ballet summer intensive programs. Two DTNW Jr. Dance Ensemble members, 13-year-old Emma Young and 15-year-old Oceana Thunder were awarded dance scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet School New York summer intensive. Both dancers performed leading roles in DTNW’s holiday performances of Nutcracker and will be featured in upcoming seasonal community service outreach performances.
These and other DTNW’s dancers will be traveling to study in New York in June. As an organization, DTNW has a history of helping young artists toward reaching their goals and dreams.

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