Dance Program to Begin 18th Year at Winchester
Winchester Star Catchers Dance Program Classes Start Sept. 3
The Winchester Star Catchers Dance Program is set to begin its 18th year with classes in jazz, hip hop, ballet and contemporary the week of Sept. 3 at Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road. Classes range in price from $36 to $74 for the 12-week program, which will culminate in a December recital. Registration is open online at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parksregistration or in person at the center's front desk.
Star Catchers welcomes dancers from beginning to advanced levels in four dance genres, beginning at age 6 for hip hop, age 11 for contemporary and jazz and age 3 for ballet and continuing through young adulthood. During the week, hip hop classes are offered at 5:30 p.m. for levels 1-2 and 6:30 p.m. for levels 3 and 4 on Wednesdays and Fridays. Jazz is offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
On Saturdays, ballet classes are from 8:15 to 9 a.m. for baby ballet (ages 3 to 5); 9 to 9:45 a.m. for beginning; 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. for intermediate; and 10:45 a.m. to noon for advanced dancers. Contemporary dance class, for beginning to advanced students, is held from noon to 2 p.m.
The Star Catchers Dance Program began in 2002, when a handful of dancers in Tiffannie Bond's hip-hop dance class decided they wanted to perform. Since then, the group has grown to include additional instructors, which include two former members who grew up in the program, and, at times, more than 80 members in 10 classes in hip-hop, contemporary, jazz and ballet classes. Star Catchers is made up of dancers who sign a code of conduct, agreeing to work hard, be disciplined and maintain a positive lifestyle. Although not required, many are involved at school and in leadership and community service programs in addition to dance. Intermediate and advanced dancers were invited to perform at Disneyland and Disney California Adventures in 2015, 2011 and 2007, respectively. The group also has performed around the Las Vegas Valley in the Helldorado Parade, the Clark County Children's Festival and many other community events. In 2017, Star Catchers celebrated 15 years of dance education at Winchester Dondero Cultural Center.
Those interested the Star Catchers Dance Program can call the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340. Additional information about the Star Catchers can be found by clicking on the Cultural Division's Winchester Cultural Center page on the website at https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks/Pages/star-catchers.aspx