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Alpine Vibes competitive dance team perform in Winter Showcase in Keystone

The talented girls of the Alpine Vibes competitive dance company will be performing a variety of their routines in the Winter Showcase this weekend. The dancers usually present these routines at competitions throughout the year, and now have the chance to perform them in front of friends, family and community members. The Winter Showcase will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 at Warren Station in Keystone.

"This event is a celebration of the team," said Kelly Monahon, director of Alpine Dance Academy. "It's really fun, too — the kids get to see their friends, everyone is dressed up and we have a DJ … it's a really fun night for them."

The Alpine Vibes squad is made up of 17 dedicated dancers at the Alpine Dance Academy. Dancers are invited to join the team once they have studied their core disciplines for long enough, and are ready and willing to take on a bigger commitment, Monahon said.

"It's sort of like your whole life is an audition," she said. " We take into account how you behave in class, their attendance, their maturity. It's a big deal, it's like being on a varsity sport all year."

Klara Smith, 17, said she had always wanted to be on Alpine Vibes after seeing a performance by the company in sixth grade. She has been dancing for the last five years, and this will be her third year on the competitive dance team.

"You really look up to the girls on the team," she said. "I thought it was really cool to be asked to be on it."

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Sindell Perez Fuentes, 15, said she enjoys being a part of the Vibes because of the amount of time she gets to spend with the other girls on the team.

"We are like a family, we just get along more than people at school," she said.

Smith agreed.

"We spend an average of three hours a day, four days a week with each other — it's really a bonding experience," she said.

The dedicated dancers of the team compete locally and in Denver, giving them the opportunity to compete against other studios and see what their peers are doing.

"It gives them something to work towards throughout the year," Monahon said. "Like soccer players have games every week, if you're a dancer you only have one show at the end of the year. Whereas competitive dancers compete more often so they have more work to do — they have more performances to prepare for — they have more time they have to put in."

This is the seventh year the Vibes squad has been in place, and the team usually has a performance one weekend a month. The team will travel to Denver two or three times a year to compete or take classes.

The Winter Showcase will feature routines including musical theater, a hip hop competition piece, two different taps — including "Jailhouse Rock" and Tom Petty's "American Girl" — and a couple of jazz routines, lyrical and a modern routine.

"We try to present a well-rounded competition roster, we try to compete in every style," Monahon said. "A lot of the studios that we compete against, compete in only one or two styles, and I feel like it's important to give our kids the opportunity to be well-rounded. … That's actually where our studio stands out, is we present a well-rounded roster."

The team's last event was LA Dance Magic, presented by a Los Angeles company that travels around doing competitions in different cities. The Denver event was a convention that included classes as well as a competition, and it drew between a thousand to 2,000 dancers. The classes are taught by master teachers who don't teach in studios anymore because their careers are so successful, which brings in a lot of kids looking for the education, Monahon said.

"Some of the studios are amazing," she said. "There's a handful of studios in Denver that are incredibly advanced and they are featured in 'Dance Spirit' magazine and all these dance publications because they are so good, and us going down to compete against them gives our kids some inspiration — look what we can do, let's keep working hard."

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This will be the third year for the Winter Showcase. Perez Fuentes said she is excited about the chance to perform those same pieces from LA Dance Magic in front of friends and family.

"I'm looking forward to doing the pieces again and seeing what I can do better this time compared to what I did at LA," she said.

Smith said she is excited to show her friends what her passion is.

"It's showing my friends how much I'm into dance and how much it takes," she said. "They are always really impressed and that makes me happy that they are impressed with our dances."

For Perez Fuentes, it is almost more nerve-racking to dance in front of her family and peers than in a competition.

"It's people that you know, some people you see at school every day. They are going to watch me dance that can be scary," she said.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Summit Dance Fund, a local nonprofit that provides scholarships to dancers looking to pursue their education outside of the county. Anyone local is able to apply for a scholarship to pursue dance opportunities regionally or nationally.

Monahon said she started the fund in 2008 to ensure all the money raised from performances was going directly to the kids. The Board consists of Monahon and community members not affiliated with Alpine Dance Academy. Other fundraisers the dancers do throughout the year for the Dance Fund are sell cookie dough, candy, E-books, and there is a way for others to donate on the website at summitdancefund.org.

The Winter Showcase performance will be followed by dessert, a champagne toast and an evening of dancing with DJ Courtney Hampton. The desserts are made by the dancers, and with 17 girls, there will be a variety to choose from. Mountain formal attire is encouraged.

Tickets are available for purchase in advance at the Alpine Dance Academy, or by calling (970) 406-0990, or email alpinedanceacademy@gmail.com. Tickets are $20 for adults over 21 and $10 for children.

IF YOU GO

What: Alpine Vibe’s Winter Showcase

When: Saturday, Dec. 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m.

Where: Warren Station, Keystone

Cost: Tickets are $20 for adults (Age 21 and over) and $10 for children (under the age of 21).

Tickets are available for purchase at Alpine Dance Academy, (970) 406-0990 and alpinedanceacademy@gmail.com

For more information on the Summit Dance Fund, go to summitdancefund.org