Earlier this summer, local dance group Fancy Dancers (of Fancy Dancers, Inc., at 1491 N. Milpitas Blvd.) took a trip to Oahu, Hawaii, for an educational performance tour. During the overseas adventure, the dancers took hula lessons, learned how to snorkel, went hiking at Diamond Head State Monument, attended a real-live luau, and took a tour of Pearl Harbor, where some of them earned Junior Ranger badges.
On the tour, the dancers performed at the Ala Moana Mall, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and the forward pier of the USS Missouri. Said Lyla (age 11), one of the performers, “I got to perform at so many cool places, and I’m so happy that I got this amazing opportunity!”
The troupe treated audiences to ballet, jazz, and lyrical routines. Song highlights included “Stars and Stripes,” “Rainbow Connection,” a Frank Sinatra medley, and “Surf Crazy” from “Teen Beach Movie.”
Performer Josie (age 11) said of the experience, “Oahu was fun because I would not have been able to dance in the places we were and I got to spend time with my family and friends.”
Dancer Jada (11) chimed in, “Hawaii was so much fun because I got closer to my dance friends and I was able to create memories that I will forever remember.”
Along the way, the founder of Jensen School for the Performing Arts and Fancy Dancers, Inc. Patty Jensen was presented with an actual flag from the USS Missouri.
Dancer Makenna (10), offered a vivid recollection from that tour stop: “Dancing at the USS Missouri in the pouring rain with my friends is a memory I will never forget!”
The Fancy Dancers got started in 1984, and are coming up on their 40th anniversary show in Spring, 2024. The dancers there range in age from 10 to 22.
A fresh wave of auditions is coming up on August 28. New dancer auditions are at 5:30 pm and returning dancer auditions are at 6:45 pm.
Learn more about the Fancy Dancers here.