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Ballroom dancers strut their best moves in ‘Feel the Beat’

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Pacific Ballroom Dance will hold its annual award-winning show this weekend, featuring 150 young dancers from all over the area.

Dozens of dancers ages 12 to 21 also hail from Federal Way, and have rehearsed for several months on a 90-minute energy-packed performance titled “Feel the Beat.”

Dancers will demonstrate a range of styles including waltz, swing, samba, rumba, fox trot, hip-hop and more. Also on tap is an advanced group of dance students who captured seventh place in the National Amateur DanceSport Championships this past spring in Utah.

The show serves as Pacific Ballroom Dance’s primary fundraiser and helps keep the nonprofit organization running, said Lori Hudson, CEO.

Through an arrangement with the Federal Way School District, the organization holds rehearsals at various school buildings. However, an effort is under way to obtain a building that Pacific Ballroom Dance can call its own, Hudson said.

Hudson said the organization, which began 12 years ago as “48 Feet” when it had 24 students, owes much of its success to word-of-mouth advertising.

After attending the past two years, Federal Way resident Maureen Bernardy plans to catch the June 2 matinee.

“We’re big dance fans,” said Bernardy, who is not involved with Pacific Ballroom Dance, but appreciates the show these kids deliver. “They’re having so much fun out there. They have the audience on their feet cheering.”

Bernardy is also drawn to the fact these dancers are just regular teens.

“It’s incredible to see the kids doing something positive,” she said. “It leads to a beautiful performance and respect for each other.”

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Pacific Ballroom Dance will hold its annual award-winning ballroom dancing fundraising show at 7:30 p.m. June 1 as well as 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 2 at the Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St., Auburn.

This year’s theme is “Feel the Beat.” The group features dozens of young Federal Way dancers of all ages and skill levels.

Advance tickets are $12.50 per person for the Saturday matinee and $18 per person for evening shows. Evening performances will be $20 at the door, and the matinee will be $15 at the door. To learn more, visit www.pacificballroom.org.

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