West Coast Dance Theater Shows Coming Up Next Weekend

Courtesy photo    Above and below, the West Coast Dance performing troupe is ready to present “Dance to the Music” in Alameda. It marks the group’s 45th annual show.

The Alameda-based West Coast Dance Performers are now preparing for their 45th annual musical song and dance production, “Dance to the Music” under the direction of Marnell Xavier. The production is described as a cavalcade of fluorescent colors, pop tunes and funky fancy footwork. The first performance will be held next Thursday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. and will showcase tiny tots to adults as “Toons On Parade.” Dancers’ experience levels range from four months to professional.

Then on Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. a one-act production will celebrate 45 years of West Coast Dance and families with one, two or three generations of West Coast Dancers. Friday’s show is a musical song and dance production featuring everything from “Grand Old Flag” to “A Christmas Nightmare.”

The two musical revues, feature “some of our future stars of television, stage, or screen,” according to Xavier. “Both Friday and Saturday are entertainment uppers that will leave you tapping your toes and humming the songs!”

Both shows take place at the Encinal High School gym stage at 210 Central Ave. Tickets at the door cost $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

West Coast Dance Theatre, under the artistic direction of Xavier since 1973, is a non-profit performing group of teens and young adults who have volunteered and performed in Alameda, throughout the United States and all over the world. For the past several years they have traveled to Japan, Puerto Rico, Russia, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Italy, France, England, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Western Caribbean, Florida, New York, Utah, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Disneyland, Disney World, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland.

“Yes, it’s great to win a trophy, but the ‘real-life-overall-super’ award goes to the dancer who wins the hearts of the audience,” said Xavier. “Everyone who participates in a West Coast Dance Theatre Production will never forget those gratifying and rewarding experiences.  My dream is to keep quality theater alive on our Island and showcase the many talented young performers from Alameda.”

Xavier has been performing for the people of Alameda since she was four years old. She has donated her talent and services to the many community events locally and all over the world. 

To find out more about the international touring company, West Coast Dance Theater, call 499-3708 or write to wcdancealameda@aol.com.