Dance Me to the Moon for a Valentine treat

Once again the Feet First Dancers will delight the community with their upcoming show, Dance Me to the Moon, Feb. 14-17, at the Mateel Community Center. The show is an eclectic combination of jazz, ballet, ragtime, swing, and modern dance with solos, duets, and ensemble pieces.

Bada Bling! Burlesque will be making a guest appearance with two of their humorous pieces, and clowns, aerialists and zumba will add even more variety.

The show will be dedicated to Jonell Monschke, a long-time Feet First dancer and choreographer who passed away in November.

Two pieces choreographed by Jonell are in the show: What is This Thing Called Love and a dance she choreographed a few years ago, Paper Moon.

Paper Moon will be danced by Islay Dillon-Ogden and Emily Claypool, both of whom began dancing as children in Kathy Wolman’s ballet class and have now matured into accomplished dancers.

Islay left her Feet First family during high school to attend the School of Arts in San Francisco and currently teaches dance herself. Emily danced with Feet First through her teens and beyond. More recently she has danced with North Coast Dance in Arcata and with the Sacramento Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker.

Those who cannot attend the regular shows of Dance Me to the Moon, or who cannot afford to attend, are welcome to the 8 p.m. dress rehearsal on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night performances begin at 8 p.m., with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 17 is at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at Blue Moon Gift Shop and at the door. Come on out to the Mateel Community Center and treat yourself to a wonderful evening (or matinee) of dancing entertainment.

photo caption:

1. Gabrielle Totten and Toni Ross in an American in Paris.

2. Three of the dancers shown here from left to right: Michelle Palazzo, Marina Cheney, and Margo McReynolds-Gooch.

3. Aerialist, Yarrow displays her talents.