Young dancers learn from, and dance like, the pros!

8:28 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- A lot of teenagers say they want to be treated like adults. This week, some talented teen dancers on both sides of Tampa Bay, really are!

This week, Peter Kalivas -- choreographer, dancer and director of the PGK Dance Project in San Diego -- is holding a week-long residency at Blake High School in Tampa and Gibbs High in St. Petersburg. Both of the schools are performing arts magnets.

"All of us different guest artists, we come in and we have a different voice, a different opinion, a different language and style," said Kalivas. "Over the course of the week they're going to learn different reparatory, different performance skills, different techniques and they're going to be working in a more professional level environment -- treating them as if they were a dance company, my dance company."

"It's been pretty intense," said Yafiri Sanders, a 9th grader from Blake High. "I don't think it's anything we can't handle. It's preparing us for the real world of dance."

The students will be displaying what they've learned Friday at a special performance at Blake High.

"The dancers I'm working with, they've suddenly become part of a public presentation--a public project," said Kalivas. "It's going to be vibrant; it's going to be dynamic. They're doing some very difficult work, some very athletic, strong work."

The show begins at 7:00 p.m. at Blake's Don Thompson Theater. Tickets are just $15.

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