KIDZ ROC is a show for kids, by kids, and about kids! Talent On Parade, a national touring dance competition system, presents Kidz Roc, a full length theatrical production making its debut in Branson, Missouri. This unique show will include 40 of the “best of the best” competition dancers from 13 surrounding states who will be involved in TOP Go Pro, a pre-professional summer workshop also hosted by Talent On Parade. The goal of the TOP Go Pro workshop is to assist dancers as they make the transition to a professional dance career. Kidz Roc is the culmination of that workshop. The star and host of the show is professional singer/dancer Kim Alvarez. The show will also include a special guest appearance by the up and coming rock band Armonia. Kidz Roc will appear at the Clay Cooper Theater 2 days only, July 23-24 with shows at 1 and 4 pm each day. Purchase online or call 888-222-8910 for reservations!
Branson’s Project Graduation is having its own Dancing with the Stars fundraiser event this Friday, February 26 at 7pm at the Music City Centre Theatre on Hwy. 76. There are eight couples competing in this event including Branson stars Tom Boyce of Tom Boyce Excavation and Shanda Watts, Yakov Smirnoff Show; Janet Lennon of The Lennon Sisters and Corey Hanson, dancer for Shoji Tabuchi Show; Stan Bess, of The Vacation Channel and Jennifer Turner, dancer for Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express; Steve Hancock, the head coach for Branson Pirates Football and Stephanie Richardson, dancer of Shake, Rattle, and Roll; Rhianna Presley, owner of Pure Salon, and Cameron Hanson, performer of Show Boat Branson Bell, Steve Willoughby, KRZK radio, and Kelly Wiegand, singer/dancer of Red, Hot, and Blue! ; Marshall Howden, Branson Senior and Elena Serykh, owner of Premier Dance Academy; Clay Cooper of Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express and Christie Campbell, dancer for Taylor Reed and Mary Kay consultant.
Each couple has been rehearsing the past few weeks preparing dances in musical theatre dance, the waltz, the mambo, and many other styles of dance. Some of the choreographers have really been pushing their dancers to their maximum ability. We have asked Clay his thoughts on the competition.
“Well, first I have to say I have a whole new respect for the dancers here in Branson! Michelle Willadsen of Midwest Dance Revolution has been kind enough to donate her time and her studio for rehearsal space. This is hard stuff! People think I must know how to dance because I am married to a dancer. The truth is, I won’t dance with her because she IS a dancer! This has been a lot of fun, and I hope the community will come and take part in this event. I am very nervous, but I know it is for a great cause!”
The competition is judged by the audience, so come out and cast your vote. The winner is determined by the amount of money raised the night of this event. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students.