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VT offers a great event for aspiring dancers

It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Village Theatre, one of the best values (and pleasingly laid-back venues) in musical theater around. This week, VT is offering a special treat for young dancers and theater buffs: "Dance Education Week." BONUS: for the two shows tomorrow, anyone age 21 and younger who's in a dance program will get their ticket at half off!

After tomorrow's two performances of "42nd Street" (read my rave), cast members will offer a "talkback" of their own artistic journey. It's a great chance to get a glimpse into a life that - from the audience, anyway - looks like a lark. What does it take to make it? Here's the schedule:

Saturday, July 3 at 2:00 PM: Katie Black
• Katie is making her Village Theatre debut as a featured dancer in 42ND STREET. A professional dancer, choreographer, master class teacher, national dance competition adjudicator, and certified yoga instructor, Katie has a laundry list of experiences including performance with Lionel Richie. Katie teaches dance and yoga locally at her new studio, Ignite Dance & Yoga in North Bend, opening this August.

Saturday, July 3 at 8:00 PM: Carissa Campbell and Adam Brozowski
• Carissa returns to Village Theatre’s Mainstage as a featured dancer and member of the 42ND STREET Ensemble; she was last seen at Village Theatre in Meet Me in St. Louis. Carissa has trained in New York, Los Angeles, and all around Washington! She was trained in dance at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (in LA) and Gonzaga University. She took extensive tap from Jon Engstrom, the Dance Captain of the Original Broadway Production of "42nd Street". Locally, she is a proud student of the many gifted teachers at Forest Ridge School and Eastside Catholic.
• Adam returns to Village Theatre as a member of the 42ND STREET Ensemble. He holds a B.F.A. in musical theatre from Penn State University and has been seen at Lincoln Center in New York in Broadway Backwards 5 with Florence Henderson; in national tours of 42nd Street and Yankee Doodle Dandy; and at Village Theatre in The Music Man.

Those interested in arranging ticket can contact the box office at (425) 392-2202. To take advantage of the 50% youth ticket price, patrons simply need to tell the Box Office associate what dance school they or their child are currently attending.

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