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Spark dancers get their kicks from The Rockettes on NYC visit

1st-year studio at Vintage Hills Center earning top recognition

Dancers from Spark Dance Studio have returned from a trip to New York City, where they attended master classes at renowned studios, learned high kicks from the Rockettes and received acting tips from the cast of "Wicked."

The performing company at Spark Dance Studio has participated in five dance competitions the 2008-2009 season, and overall placed very well for a first-year studio.

In May, the studio, located in the Vintage Hills Shopping Center, earned the recognition for overall studio excellence at the Kids Artistic Revue (KAR) dance competition in Alameda. The award included an invitation to attend the KAR All Star Kid dance convention in New York City from July 22-27.

Six Spark company dancers attended master classes in jazz, tap, hip hop and theater at Broadway Dance Studio and Steps on Broadway. They learned to perform eye-high kicks from the Rockettes and went through a mock audition at Radio City Music Hall, and got some acting tips from cast members from the hit musical "Wicked" at the Actors Temple.

The conventioneers partook in an extensive guided tour of Manhattan, which included a walk through Central Park and Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center plaza is being rebuilt.

Dancers included Elizabeth Arrigali, Lauren Cabral, Jordynn Craft, Kate Edsinger, Jessica McFall and Bailey Yang, as well as Tamara Taves, owner and studio director of Spark.

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Posted by Craftys
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2009 at 8:45 am

Kudos to everyone who helped get the girls there! Fantastic! Keep up the hard work SPARK!


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Posted by Congrats
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2009 at 9:22 am

Great dance studio, Tamara is a wonderful instructor. Congrats on your award!


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Posted by Dance Mom
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 6, 2009 at 11:44 am

LOVE Spark Dance Studio! It's been a fabulous first year and can't wait for many, many more. Congratulations, Tamara and staff!


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Posted by XDanceMom
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Congrats to Tamara and her students on such a successful first year!


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Posted by donna
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Congrats to Tamara and the girls at Spark! Wishing you continued success!


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Posted by WeLoveDance
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Congratulations Tamara and all the Spark Dance Families for an amazing first year!


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Posted by DEM
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Congratulations Spark. You guys rock!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Guys...you sure do rock! Web Link

Check this out...

signed,

tweety bird


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Posted by DanceMom
a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 12, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Congrats to the girls and whomever is responsible for their abilities.


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