Pacific Ballroom Dance to perform ‘Rise’

Spring concert set for June 1-2 at the Auburn Performing Arts Center

  • Monday, May 21, 2018 11:07am
  • Life

Pacific Ballroom Dance (PBD) performs its annual spring concert, “Rise,” on Friday and Saturday, June 1, 2 at the Auburn Performing Arts Center, 702 Fourth St. NE.

Evening performances begin at 7, with an additional 2 o’clock matinee on Saturday.

PBD’s mission to build character in youth is reflected in the concert theme, “Rise.”

“We were inspired by the Japanese proverb, ‘fall seven, rise eight,’ ” said artistic director Katie Mecham. “We want our dancers and our audience to be moved to work, persevere, and allow for failure as a path for growth.”

The 130 dancers, ages 7 to 19, will perform varieties of ballroom and Latin dance, from a Tango set to “Phantom of the Opera” to a whimsical Viennese Waltz danced with giant red balloons.

PBD celebrates 15 years as a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing dance and performing arts to local youth. To celebrate the milestone, PBD alumni will join current PBD dancers on stage to perform a Broadway inspired piece set to Hamilton’s “Found Tonight.”

The concert will also feature the formation medleys of PBD’s nationally competing teams. For more than a decade, PBD has traveled throughout the Western States to participate in high school and junior high formation team competitions. For the first time this year, PBD brought an elementary team to these competitions. This pre-teen team will perform both of its medleys at the spring concert.

PBD began in 1994 as a small, local youth club with a goal to provide young teens with the opportunity to build respectful social skills, self-esteem, fitness and teamwork. In 2003, PBD became a 501©3 non-profit organization with a mission to build character in youth by providing a positive ballroom dance experience. Today, PBD’s youth dance education studio based in Auburn is serving more than 1,000 students annually from ages 10-18 from throughout the Puget Sound area.

To order concert tickets and to learn more about the organization, visit pacificballroom.org.

More in Life

‘Celebrate:’ Pacific Ballroom Dance performs holiday concert Nov. 29-30

Program features 140 dancers, and a special guest

Auburn Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series comes to Kent, Auburn

Musicians to perform works by Beethoven, Britten and Loeffler

29th annual Pacific Holiday Bazaar coming Saturday, Nov. 17

The 29th annual Pacific Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9… Continue reading

Auburn library November listings | KCLS

Events for adults, families and children

Joey Jewell is an established Frank Sinatra impersonator. COURTESY PHOTO
Joey Jewell’s Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Friends returns to the Auburn Ave Theater

Jim Kerl’s Swing Session big band and Jewell take you back to the heyday of Las Vegas and the reigning king of the strip

Seattle International Comedy Competition continues at the Ave

The 39th annual Seattle International Comedy Competition returns at 7:30 p.m. Friday,… Continue reading

Auburn Avenue Theater seeks production crew

Paid positions offered in specializes stage areas

Photos, maps, fun facts make this book addicting

You know? Of course you do, because you’re no dummy. You’re on… Continue reading

Vintage warplanes from the World War I era. COURTESY PHOTO, Museum of Flight
Museum of Flight: a weekend of military events for Veterans Day

Sunday, Nov. 11 free for veterans and active military, programs include concert, patriotic ceremony, World War I aviation presentation

You’ll want to read ‘Dracul’ with the lights on

It was just a little scratch. You wouldn’t have even noticed it,… Continue reading

‘A Healing Justice’ should be on your bookshelf

Your pup is a pretty respectable watch dog. If anyone merely considers… Continue reading

Auburn-area community calendar

Events Auburn Tourism: For special events or to add a special event,… Continue reading