Park City High’s Dance Company has a busy year planned, including plans to attend the National High School Dance Festival, which draws the best high school dancers from around the world.
Dance Company will be spending this fall raising funds to attend the festival that will be held Feb. 26 to March 1 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“We are the only high school from Utah attending,” said PCHS dance program director Ashley Mott. “We will be one of only a few public high schools attending. It is an elite festival with mostly high-level arts conservatories, and pre-professional dance high schools attending.”
Mott said this will provide the dancers with an incredible opportunity to have exposure to, and inclusion in, this kind of setting. The festival includes hundreds of classes and workshops in all genres of dance, performances by professional companies in the evenings, and scholarship auditions where students can be evaluated by dozens of schools in one audition, at one location.
The 14-member company is hoping to raise enough funds to pay the full cost of attending the conference for each student.
Some fundraising activities include:
– Sept. 17-20: Thrift Store for PCHS students during lunches
– Oct. 30: Children’s Halloween Dance Mentoring for K-8 students, 3:30-5:30 p.m., PCHS Gym (wear costumes). Tickets at the door ($10).
– Nov. 8: Live PC Give PC (dancers will be at The Market on Nov. 2 to encourage support for their project)
– Feb. 3 & 4: Youth Dance Clinic and Halftime Performance; students learn dances on Feb. 3-4 and perform Feb. 5. Registration begins in December.