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Tap Show Fundraiser Deemed ‘a Success’

October 18, 2016, 1:59 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 5:19 PM
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Kona Dance and Performing Arts in Kealakekua performed its Evening of Tap Dance and Entertainment show for sold-out audiences on Sept. 24 and 25.

Those in attendance enjoyed tap dance, jazz and musical theater performances by keiki ages 7 to 18, plus a performance by adult tap dance students Michelle Obregon, Roberta Smith and Nicholle Stover.

Choreographer Amanda Trusty opened the show by tapping a cappella and speaking on the mission of the new performing arts organization, as well as creatively explaining the art of tap dance with demonstrations by intermediate tap students.

The show culminated in a tap improvisation section and a medley sung by musical theatre students. “The Classics” included classic standards sung by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Rosemary Clooney.

The event was a fundraiser for the nonprofit studio, which successfully reached its goal through community sponsorship, ticket sales and donations from audience members over the course of the weekend.

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With chairs donated by the Fairmont Orchid, the organization was able to seat 140 people each performance, including keiki of all ages from the community.

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The show will be played on Na Leo TV; the schedule can be found at naleo.tv.

For more information on Kona Dance and Performing Arts appearances in the community, visit konadanceandperformingarts.org.

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Kona Dance and Performing Arts “Evening of Tap Dance and Entertainment in Kealakekua.” Courtesy photo.

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Kona Dance and Performing Arts “Evening of Tap Dance and Entertainment in Kealakekua.” Courtesy photo.

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Kona Dance and Performing Arts “Evening of Tap Dance and Entertainment in Kealakekua.” Courtesy photo.

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Kona Dance and Performing Arts “Evening of Tap Dance and Entertainment in Kealakekua.” Courtesy photo.

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Kona Dance and Performing Arts “Evening of Tap Dance and Entertainment in Kealakekua.” Courtesy photo.

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