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  • Pittsburg Parks and Recreation starts dance program

  • The City of Pittsburg has added a dance program to its offerings for local youngsters.



    “We actually started last February, but I think a lot of people still don’t know we’re here,” said instructor Beth Bradshaw.

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  • The City of Pittsburg has added a dance program to its offerings for local youngsters.
    “We actually started last February, but I think a lot of people still don’t know we’re here,” said instructor Beth Bradshaw.
    The young dancers made their public debut in December, performing at the Pittsburg Kiwanis Pancake Day.
    “They were wonderful, and I was so proud of them,” Bradshaw said
    Currently there are three classes offered, divided by age groups.
    “Our youngest group is for those aged 18 months to 2 years, and it’s kind of a ‘Mommy and Me’ format,” Bradshaw said. “Then we have classes for those aged 3 to 6 and 7 and up.
    Right now my oldest student is around 12. We meet weekly on Thursday, and sessions run month to month.”
    She said that the classes cover the basics of tap, ballet and jazz dancing, and are designed to provide a good foundation for those starting out in dance.
    Bradshaw started her own dance education at the age of 4 in the Jody Phillips Dance Company.
    “I started assistant teaching when I was 14,” she said.
    Bradshaw continued as a Jody Phillips instructor and also had served as office manager for the studio before it closed.
    “I approached Sara Mitchell at the Parks and Recreation Department about teaching dance classes for the city,” she said.  “Dance has changed my life and the opportunity to share this with other children is just amazing.”
    Most of her students are girls, but not all.
    “I have two boys enrolled in the program, and they’re just fantastic,” Bradshaw said.
    One of them is Carter Henderson, 3, a very enthusiastic student.
    “He’d come and watch his older sister, Rhaina, and try to practice tap with his tennis shoes,” said their mother, Kylee Henderson. “He got tap and ballet shoes for Christmas.”
    A spring performance is being planned April 27 at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.
    “Most of these kids haven’t been on that huge stage with lights, so I’m really excited to do that with them,” Bradshaw said.
    Mini dance camps are also slated for the summer, meeting from 9 a.m. to noon two days a week. Each week will have a different theme. Included will be “Princess Ballet,” June 4 and 6; “Hip Hop” for ages 3 and older, June 18 and 20; “Broadway,” for ages 5 and older, July 9 and 11; and “Jazz Boot Camp,” for ages 7 and older, July 23 and 25.
    Anyone needing additional information about dance program may call the Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department at 231-8310.
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