Feet First Dance troupe has been a cultural mainstay of the Southern
Humboldt County community for a very long time. In the beginning they
taught, practiced and danced in the old Fireman's Hall. The dancers
got a grant for the mirrors that filled one wall of the old building.
The first Summer Arts Festival, 29 years ago, was originally created
as a performance venue for the dance troupe to share with the rest of
the community. The old hall burned to the ground, a new building was
constructed where a generation of kids grew up dancing.
All these years later, the Feet First Dancers are alive, well, and still
contributing to the local culture. A lot of young folks have learned
their first "steps" from the FFD dedicated teachers.
Last night I went to see the tech run trough of the upcoming show which
opens Thursday at the Mateel Center. There are over 60 members to the
dancing cast with a small army of people doing the lights, sound and
choreography. We should support our performing artists as they are the
thread that runs through our past, present and future. Encouragement
and approval are good ways to raise kids into fine responsible adults.
Praise to the teachers! The upcoming performance looks like it will
be a lot of fun to watch... especially the youngest cast members. ...Kimba