Dance tribute to Jackson to be held at Modesto studio

scene@modbee.comJune 19, 2013 

— A dance tribute show to the late Michael Jackson hits town when Strut Performing Arts brings its "Man in the Moon" production, along with local singer Francesca Bavaro, to the State Theatre stage.

Bavaro, a past winner of the Valley's Got Talent program who performed her own rendition of Jackson's "Billy Jean," will join Strut for a performance of that number.

This marks the fourth summer stage production for Strut at the State, the resident dance company at the historic downtown theater. An additional performance night will be added this year to accommodate what have been sellout or near sellout crowds in each of the past years.

More than 120 dancers from regional elementary, middle, high school and college campuses will perform in the show that features dancers from ages 4 to 55.

"Man in the Moon" takes the stage at at 7 p.m. June 28-29 and 2 p.m June 30 at the State, 1307 J St., Modesto. Tickets are $17. For more see or call (209) 527-4697.

'Lights Camera Dance' at Gallo

The Dance Academy in Modesto has its own production coming up this weekend, when its "Lights Camera Dance!" show takes over the Gallo Center for the Arts.

The program will include dancers from age 3 through adult who will present jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop styles.

In addition, ballet and pointe students have prepared a ballet story that takes place in a magical world under the sea.

Tickets are $15-$35. The performances will benefit Sierra Vista Child and Family Services, a private, nonprofit organization that provides mental health, social and educational services to children and families in the region.

Shows are at noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at the Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. For more, see or call (209) 338-2100.

Architecture tour of downtown Modesto

A guided walking tour of Modesto architecture will be offered next weekend by the Modesto Art Museum. Led by Ilsa Craane, the tour is geared to introduce participants to the city's storied architectural heritage.

The tour will run 10 a.m.-noon on June 29 and will begin in front of the Building Imagination Center, 1009 J St., Modesto. The tour is free. For more, see

Colla gains world Kindermusik honors

Ginger Colla, Director of Rainbow Arts Kindermusik in Modesto, has been named a "maestro" as a top producer for her program by Kindermusik International, a publisher of music and movement programs.

Colla is an early childhood specialist at Rainbow Arts Kindermusik and has been a longtime educator in the Modesto region as a choral conductor, voice specialist and music teacher.

According to a press release, Colla joins a company of 300 maestros identified among 5,000 licensed educators in the world who teach Kindermusik's music and movement program.

Following her 1999 retirement from the department of music at California State University, Stanislaus, Colla began providing Kindermusik on the campus at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in 2000.

Colla and colleague Debra One teach the program to more that 80 families each year.

For more information about the Rainbow Arts Kindermusik program, call (209) 523-8941 or see

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