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Best Stepping Stone To a Dance Career

Ormao Center for Contemporary Dance
128 N. Nevada Ave., 471-9759

The sleepy little coastal town where I grew up boasted a dance company that knew how to shake heads. We would slither around on the floor and make grunting noises. We would perform pieces entirely in the dark. We would perform improvisational pieces while local poets bellowed whatever came to mind. It was a blast. But the idea of making a career out of all of this beautiful nonsense just baffled me. I couldn't take it seriously. But young dancers here in the Springs are blessed to have the Ormao Center for Contemporary Dance. Its mission, fostered by artistic director Janet Johnson, promotes serious training and serious dancing -- with all the hilarity that goes along with doing something you love. (TP)

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