Saturday, March 26, 2016

Step Up

Posted By on Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge ARIANA ATKINS-SALAZAR
  • Ariana Atkins-Salazar

If, like me, your office Dancing with the Stars pool has just begun and you were unlucky enough to draw Marla Maples so that you now have not only a snowball's cha-cha chance in hell at winning the pot, but also feel like you are covered in Drumpf cooties, take heart. You needn't watch the slow, sequined car crash.

Skip the C-list drama and see some real dancing. In fact, you've got a rare chance to see some of our area's best dancers outside of a recital or a holiday show. The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts raises its velvet curtain for Dancing Stars of Humboldt on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ($15). Expect a cavalcade of styles from dancers and studios around the county. Breakdancing head-spinners The Humboldt Rockers will be both popping and locking, while the hip-shaking Ya Habibi belly dance takes the stage in a swirl of silks. Humboldt State University's Demolition squad and Ariana Atkins-Salazar and Milo Mateer bring hip-hop moves, while the Emerald Coast Irish Dancers stomp it out. There will be ballet from Trillium Dance Studio, an en pointe solo by Iris Van Atta, as well as a hybrid jazz-ballet performance by 2016 Vienna International Ballet Experience winner Melissa Hinz. 555 Dance comes with contemporary dance, and 7- and 9-year-old prodigies Teralee and Karlee Johnson go Broadway with their Hairspray number. Seriously.

There are plenty more names on the bill, which you can check out at — you may want to stretch.

Merde, everybody.

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill is the arts and features editor of the North Coast Journal. She won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2020 Best Food Writing Award and the 2019 California News Publisher's Association award for Best Writing.

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