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Dancing toward a dream

Posted: Monday, Feb 6th, 2017

Denise Russo Photography The Carrie's Dream Dance Scholarship Showcase and Auction will return on Sunday.

Annual dance showcase returns Sunday

APTOS — For the past two years, young people from across Santa Cruz County have come together to share their love of dance and to help other aspiring dancers do the same.

The Carrie's Dream Dance Scholarship Showcase and Auction was a project created in memory of Carrie Dianda McCoid, a local dance instructor who died suddenly in 2012.

McCoid was the owner of Steps Dance Studio. According to Ashley Tapley, one of the founding organizers of Carrie’s Dream, McCoid strongly believed that every young person who wanted to dance should be given an opportunity, regardless of their financial situation.

In the past two years, the dance showcase has raised $58,000 in scholarships.

“When Carrie first had the idea for this project, she envisioned every cent of the money going directly to the dancers,” Tapley said. “Our goal to this day is to fully fund every scholarship student.”

The showcase will be held on Sunday at the Aptos High School Performing Arts Center, 100 Mariner Way in Aptos. There will be two shows, the first at 1 p.m. and the second at 5 p.m. Both are family friendly.

Carrie's Dream is a project from Pacific Arts Complex, which has two locations across the county — one in Santa Cruz and the other in Watsonville. The showcase will feature more than 150 dancers from ages 4 to 21 and include various styles of dance, from ballet and jazz to hip hop. Along with Pacific Arts Complex students, pieces will be performed by dancers from local studios, including

Aptos Junior and High School Dance Teams, Agape Dance Academy, Sammy's Animation Dance Community and more.

“Supporting this art is important,” Tapley said. “Dance is not only fun, it can also help keep kids busy, healthy and out of trouble.”

The annual live and silent auctions will once again take place on the day of the showcase. Products and services donated by various local businesses will be auctioned off.

Tickets to the showcase are $20 each, with 10 percent of the proceeds supporting the Aptos High School Dance Team.

In addition, this year organizers are offering incentives to donors. For those who donate $50 or more, they can become a “Friend” of the organization and have their name listed on the official website until the end of 2017.

“It would be great if we met all our needs this year,” Tapley said. “That is what Carrie would’ve wanted.”

To order tickets and for information, visit www.CarriesDream.org.

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