Holiday dance aims to capture magic of season

Published on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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Whatcom Fitness and Day-to-Day Dance have scheduled an all-ages holiday benefit performance of “Holiday Magic” a children’s dance performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 18, at the performing arts center. Doors open at 6:30. Proceeds will benefit the Ken Kellar Foundation, and Blaine Fine Arts Association, both of which provide a fine arts scholarship available to graduating Blaine high school students.

Writer, stager and director Sabrina Gomez said many of her dance programs have a diversity theme although she has incorporated such themes as buying local – once inviting Bellingham-based non-profit Sustainable Connections to give a speech about buying and eating locally.

“Basically we want to inspire audience, cultivate art, engage the community, and foster diversity and inclusion through dance,” she said. “This year, it’s about a magic maker that makes you see the beautiful things around even in hard times. That’s what my shows are about.”

Gomez has more than 16 years of teaching experience with the Walla Walla Dance Company, Cheney Parks and Recreation in Eastern Washington and Whatcom Fitness in Blaine. She has performed in, directed and produced a number of plays as well as assisted in choreography. She earned her master of arts degree in social work from Walla Walla university with a focus on women, children and family studies. She currently works as a social worker and a dance instructor at Whatcom Fitness.

Tickets are $7 for adults, and $2 for children ages 3 and up. Tickets are available at the door only.