Pioneer Dance Arts in Sequim End of Year Review

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Pioneer Dance Arts in Sequim held their End of the Year Review and Open House June 8th through June 12th, and parents and friends were invited to come and watch as children and adults displayed their dancing skills.

Watching the expressions of young girls work through their dance routines is a pleasure for anyone who knows both the delight and the hard work of athletic and artistic activities.  Facial expressions reveal the intensity and focus while Klee guides them through a routine, and then the quick smile and joy at the end of a good practice.

Pioneer Dance Arts is the official academy for the Performing Company of Pioneer Dance Arts, a non-profit organization.  The mission of the company is to raise the dance art awareness on the north Olympic Peninsula.

Numerous scholarships have been awarded each year to students of merit.  These students further their education by attending colleges, art institutes, and intensive workshops.  The company often has guest teachers featured in local classes, and guest choreographers have also participated, including the legendary Bill Evans and Gerard Theoret, professor at Cornish College of the Arts.

Kathleen (Klee) Moore is the Director of the Academy.  Klee has an amazing background, including earning a teacher’s certificate in the Cecchetti Technique of Classical Ballet, she  studied ballet with the San Francisco Ballet School, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the First Chamber Dance Company, and the Cornish Institute.  Names like Paul Sansardo, Roland Dupree, Joe Tremaine, Tony Coppola, and Cissy King have contributed to her background in modern, jazz and ballroom dancing.  Sequim is fortunate to have Klee’s experience and passion.  Our children are fortunate.

There are four age groups in the classes:  the adult and senior citizen division, the parent and child division, the children’s division, and the youth division, and there are levels within divisions.  Courses include pre-ballet, tumbling, tap, ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, Bartenieff fundamentals, Brain dance, and therapeutic Barre/creative movement.

There are several ways to get involved with Pioneer Dance Arts as a student or as a donor who can help with scholarships.  You can learn more by viewing their web site at Pioneer Dance Arts.

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