Students and their dancing shoes

Strapping on dancing shoes to chase their dreams, students of Saddleback College danced in student-choreographed auditions at 1:30 p.m. in room PE 301. Final auditions will be held Friday at 7 p.m.

Dancer takes a break after auditioning on Jan. 23 in PE 301. Photo by Lindsey Nicole

Dancer takes a break after auditioning on Jan. 23 in PE 301.
Photo by Lindsey Nicole

When each student is picked for a specific team, dancers will demonstrate their talent to raise money for a scholarship awarded by Angels of the Arts, affiliated with The Cathedral Arts Project (CAP).

The showcase will be held April 24-26 during the Dance Collective at 7 p.m. Each student choreographer will have a separate routine for their teams, including jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and contemporary. They will aim to perfect their moves during rehearsals at McKinney Theatre, for at least two hours a week until the show date.

Past student choreographer Catherine Luong is looking for a partner, preferably male, to dance with her ballet duet on point. She said her only requirement was, “as long as they can lift me.”

Dance supervisors Lacey Yell Pattison and Marji Himes will each have a themed piece at the Big Band Swing Thing. Pattison’s piece is a tennis theme, and will be performed to the song, “It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Don’t Got That Swing.” Her team will swing dance with rackets. Himes’ theme will be April In Paris where the team will dance in French, red beret hats, and black and white striped dresses.

Dorothy Garant, chair of the Saddleback dance department for 24 years, said, “Hope there’s something for everyone here.”

The showcase, which is known to sell out, will be on March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center in Mission Viejo. All community and local spectators are welcome.