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Impulse Dance Showcases Student Talent

Local dancers showcase their talent and range of style.

Voted 2011’s best dance studio of Orange County, Aliso Viejo's presented a variety performances on Sunday at the Merage Jewish Community Center.

The center presented 27 dance routines, which covered a wide range of styles including lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, tap and ballet. Family members of staff volunteered to organize the event and distribute the $15 tickets out to guests.

Due to the large number of dancers, the show was divided into two separate portions. Show “A” mostly showcased young beginning level dancers, while show “B” displayed more advanced students. In addition to the dance performances, guests were also encouraged to enjoy refreshments and participate in the silent raffle which included: massage certificates, chipotle gift cards, dance attire, snowboard apparel, facial goodies from Aromaessentials and a basket from Whole Foods.

Alexa Beebe, 21, took over as owner and director of IMPULSE Dance in November. Beebe, along with nine instructors, choreographed the featured dances.

Feeling grateful and honored for her new position Beebe said, “this year’s performance is great and we expect many more guests to come and watch us due to the expansion of our dance studio—it’s really exciting."

Covering an age range of toddlers to adults, IMPULSE Dance has helped to mold and educate many dancers. Laruen Blackburn, 17, who has been dancing for five years, performed in four different pieces and instructed one.

“It’s really made me grow as a dancer and helped me appreciate dance as everything,” she said.

Jazz and lyrical instructor Angela Varrato said all the performers worked very hard to prepare for Sunday's dance gala.

“Our girls have been working so hard on this performance—for almost two months now and our studio is more than about dance. We’re like a family here and truly care about our students and their development.”

Beebe said she has many future goals for the center adding that they recently implemented a special needs program called “Impulse Angels,” which will hopefully have its own show in the near future. Competitive teams will also be formed to participate in future dance competitions.

For more information visit impulsedanceOC.com.

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