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Local dance studio selected to perform at UA showcase

Courtesy photo<br>Summer’s DanceWorks dancers perform “Let It Be.”

Courtesy photo<br>Summer’s DanceWorks dancers perform “Let It Be.”

Summer's DanceWorks has been selected to perform its small group dance, "Let It Be," at the upcoming Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase Invitational Concert at the University of Arizona.

The AJDS is a nationally renowned, annual showcase attended by hundreds of young dancers from around the world. They meet in Tucson each fall to study with some of the most prestigious dance instructors in the U.S. In addition, studios throughout the country submit dance pieces for review, in hopes of being one of the few selected to show their unique works in the AJDS Invitational Concert.

"Let It Be," a contemporary piece choreographed by Summer's DanceWorks faculty member Alex Bates will hit the stage in Tucson on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Bates, 22, is a UA graduate and looks forward to returning to Tucson to have her work featured in the concert.

"It is such an honor to be selected to perform for such an amazing dance program," she said. "I am thrilled that our dancers have this opportunity to showcase my piece in front of such a discerning audience."

Last spring, the seven dancers in "Let It Be," who range in age from 10 to 15, won an "Elite Gold" at the Starbound National Dance Competition with the same piece. All of them have been studying with Summer's DanceWorks since an early age, and attend numerous dance classes five to six days a week. Their dedication, coupled with Bates' unique choreography and vision, is responsible for their continued success with this piece and their invitation to perform at AJDS.

The dancers are Kaitlyn Bergamini, Renee Kasten, Alexa Lopez, Taylor Lopez, Sheridan Mengarelli, Hannah Walsh, and Claire Williams.

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