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Monday, October 6, 2008

Dance Boulevard performs at Festival Italiano

The Fifth Annual Festival Italiano Food and Wine Festival at Belmar took place while I was in Colorado for the Walk to Cure Diabetes. It was a lot of fun, great food, entertainment and artisans selling ceramics, gelato, sausages with peppers and onions, Pizza fritte (like sfingas!), pizza and more. There were chef demonstrations, live Italian music and dancing, and regional Italian wine tastings. It was almost like being in Italy (well, not quite, but still fun!) Maddie’s dance school Dance Boulevard, in Arvada, Colorado, under the tutelage of owner and Artistic Director, Amie Bergondo, was invited to perform at the festival. They were adorable!

Belmar, Colorado is a live-work-play community about ten minutes west of downtown Denver with options like condos, townhouses, flats, residences and urban row houses, (some already sold out!) with future live/work lofts planned. Shopping is upscale, mixed with trendy restaurants and entertainment venues, it seemed like a very cool place to live.

Dancers aged 7 to 17 (or there about!) performed at Belmar’s Festival Italiano on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 20 - 21, 1008 and Maddie was right there with them. Here they are at the beginning of the performance with music blaring and hands clapping to many well-known (and some not as well known) Italian favorites.

I was so glad I could be there to see Madison perform at the Festival

Maddie’s dance partners performed to "Buona Sera, Signorina", an old tune made popular by Louie Prima in the 1950’s.

All the dancers swirled around in a circle, doing the Tarantella

At the end the girls invited their friends and neighbors to join in the Tarantella

Maddie and Sam doing the Tarantella

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