Full house booked at Keystone Resort’s Warren Station Center for the Arts for Summit Dance Fund event
Elegant Evening of Dance
Date: Saturday, Dec. 14
Time: Appetizers and cash bar service begin at 5 p.m.; Performances begin at 6 p.m.; DJ dancing, dessert and coffee will immediately follow performance
Location: Warren Station Center for the Arts, River Run Village, Keystone Resort (970) 423-8997
Dress: Holiday/mountain formal
Tickets: $35 for adults and $10 for students
For more information or to donate money to the Summit Dance Fund, visit http://www.summitdancefund.org
Keystone Resort’s Warren Station Center for the Arts will host a full house for an “Elegant Evening of Dance” — a fundraiser by the Summit Dance Fund to raise money for dance scholarships for Summit County dancers.
A total of 19 performers, the youngest of which is 10 years old, will take to the stage to show off their moves. The Alpine Vibes, a group of dance students from the Alpine Dance Academy in Frisco, will perform their repertoire of competition pieces, which so far have only been seen outside of the county.
“It will be a perfect platform for the competitive company to be able to show their competition pieces to the community,” said Kelly Monahon, director of Alpine Dance Academy and co-founder and current treasurer of the Summit Dance Fund.
In 2008, Monahon founded the Summit Dance Fund with Candace Lees Cally, who now serves as the president. One year later, Monahon started Alpine Dance Academy and the Alpine Vibes Competitive Company for competitive dancers.
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, the Summit Dance Fund exists to support Summit County dancers in their quest to find dancing experiences outside of the community.
“If any student who lives in Summit County wants to participate in a dance program elsewhere, they can apply for a scholarship,” Monahon said. The scholarship doesn’t apply to dance programs within the county. “We want to help them go further, and a lot of times that’s very expensive.”
Past scholarship recipients have attended summer dancing camps in Denver and dance-related productions as far away as Los Angeles and New York. The youngest recipient to date is 7-year-old Keira Martin-Williams, who now attends the Colorado Ballet Academy in Denver.
Many of those performing in Saturday’s event are scholarship recipients themselves. One such performer is Summit High School senior Kaelin Roy, who is presenting her senior choreography performance.
Additionally, Dancing With The Mountain Stars coach Jessica Belflower will perform, alongside Alpine Dance Academy staff members Alyssa Hibbin and Sara Skinner. Belflower was a Vegas finalist for the television show “So You Think You Can Dance?”
After the performances, audience members will have their own chance to show off their dance moves. Local DJ Courtney Hampton and “Dancing With The Mountain Stars” coach Katie DeSantis will provide what Monahon calls “crowd motivation,” which basically means, fun music for everyone to dance to.
“Everybody likes to get dressed up and dance,” she said. “It lets the audience really hang out with the performers and dance together.”
Although this is the first time for this fundraiser, it has already been highly successful, with the entire 160-seat Warren Station selling out last week. Currently there is a waiting list for those still hoping to attend.
Monahon said the performers are excited for the chance to perform at Warren Station.
“It’s going to be a really fun event.”
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