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Spotlight Dance Academy will organize a show for its 10th anniversary | Arts & Theater

The holidays aren’t the only reason to celebrate this month for Spotlight Dance Academy. The local dance organization also recognizes more than 10 years in business with its “Beautiful Memories and New Beginnings” show on Wednesday.

This anniversary show will feature over 30 SDA dancers, ages 3-27. It will include various dance performances of different styles, featuring some of the original Spotlight members as well as second-generation artists and new students.

The evening will also include vocal performances by some of Spotlight’s “Triple Threat Program” students, who split their training between singing, acting and dancing.

“Our holiday show is one of our biggest shows of the year, so basically every dancer in the academy is involved in the show in one way or another,” wrote Bertin Rodriguez, director Spotlight technique, in an email.

Sharida Rejon-Rodriguez, who founded the academy in June 2011, said she started with one class and three students. By that fall, she was leading 14 dancers and hosting the first holiday show in December.

“At first it was just me, with the help and support of my family,” Rejon-Rodriguez wrote in an email. “I taught all the classes and ran the studio on my own. In 2013, I met my husband, Bertin Rodriguez, whose talents turned out to be a perfect match with mine, and we worked together to help academy to become what it is today.”

From humble beginnings, Spotlight has grown into a comprehensive performing and visual arts school, moving into a brand new educational building on District Boulevard.

She wrote: “With a decade of experience under our belt, we are fully committed to providing quality dance and arts education to members of our community of all ages, and strive to train and mentor the next generation of performers and creators.”

The academy offers classes for all levels, from ages 3 to adults, as well as workshops, competition teams, masterclasses with professional dancers, private events and more. Rejon-Rodriguez said their mission is to provide a positive outlet in the lives of their students.

“Our goals are to help our students grow as dancers and performers, enhance their natural talents, build their confidence while encouraging individuality, and nurture their dreams and ambitions in the performing arts.”

Doors open for the show at 6 p.m., with the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Stars Theater Restaurant, 1931 Chester Ave.

Tickets are $10. The show was already sold out, but more seats were made available.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.