Dreams Team looks to steal smiles ‘Onstage’

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Dreams Team looks to steal smiles ‘Onstage’

Dreams Team looks to steal smiles ‘Onstage’

Dreams Team looks to steal smiles ‘Onstage’
Michael Izzo , @MIzzoDR 4:32 p.m. ET Jan. 29, 2017
This is the 15th and final profile highlighting the finalists of Morristown Onstage, to be held March 1 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

MORRISTOWN – Nearly 20 kids, ages nine to 17, will perform a salsa dance as part of the Dreams Team for Morristown Onstage this March.

Daniel Herrera, one of the instructors and director for Dreams Dance Studio, said the group has been practicing twice per week since October at the studio. Dreams stands for “dance recreation entertained art studio.”

“Normally it takes longer for a group to get where these kids are, but they have bonded really well,” Herrera. “These are kids that are just starting in dance and they’ve done great. We thought auditioning for Morristown Onstage would be a very nice way to showcase their work.”

Herrera said he’s thrilled that five boys with be among the performers on stage.

“I always want to have boys and girls work together, and it sounds easy, but it’s really hard to do,” Herrera said. “In other countries the boys love to dance but here in the U.S. they’re born into a different culture. So to have five boys dancing is a dream come true.”

Herrera said two girls will be paired with each boy for the performance.

“It’s every boy’s dream,” he said.

The performers will dance to a Colombian-style salsa.

“The kids are very excited for this opportunity,” Herrera said. “My advice to them is to just dance and don’t think about anything else.”

Should they win Herrera said the kids and their families will use the money on a night out, maybe going to dinner and a movie.

“The rest will go to outfits or other dancing-related things,” Herrera said. “I would also like to donate some to a nearby foundation. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m sure the kids would agree and find that inspiring to do.”

Most of all, Herrera is excited to watch his dance students put on a great show.

“I’m hoping that the crowd identifies with the style were doing, something different,” Herrera said. “We’re hoping to steal a smile from everyone in the audience.”

Staff Writer Michael Izzo: 973-428-6636; mizzo@GannettNJ.com

Morristown Onstage

What: A show featuring the best amateur talent from Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains, presented by and benefiting the Morris Educational Foundation.

When: Wednesday, March 1

Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. in Morristown.

Tickets: On sale starting Feb. 1. Prices range from $25 to $75. For information, call MPAC at 973-539-8008 or visit www.mayoarts.org.

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