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Local dancers prepare for Holiday Bowl appearance

Local dancers prepare for Holiday Bowl appearance

The girls of Fantazia Dance Productions line up in staggered formation as they trot with their dance instructor, Renee’ Fantazia. The dance incorporates novice and advance dancers of all ages.

POSTED November 21, 2012 1:23 p.m.

The youth dancers of Fantazia Dance Productions received an early present this holiday season when they learned that they were accepted to dance during the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

Before the college level super bowl game the dancers will take part in the Big Bay Balloon Parade after taking master dance classes in San Diego. The girls will get a chance to strut their stuff, and perform before thousands of people during the Holiday Bowl’s halftime show. Mandy Moore, a veteran to the stage and screen, will choreograph their dance numbers, and assist the girls.

Renee’ Fantazia, director of Fantazia Dance Productions, is taking part in the dancers' joy, but states that the road ahead is not an easy one.

“I’m very proud. It is hard to put yourself out there and be in risk of getting turned down. That’s the thing I’m most proud of. They had enough courage to take a chance. You don’t know if you are going to accomplish anything unless you have the courage to try. It takes a lot of drive and practice,” Fantazia said.

Jenna Martinez, a new dancer to the group, said that though performing makes you susceptible to audience members, she is excited to be part of the group.

“It’s fun being the new person. The dancers here are really nice. I get to express how I feel. When you dance, you are more vulnerable. But you can express yourself more out of dance than with words. I just love performing,” Martinez said.

The dancers aren't the only ones excited about their chance to perform at the Holiday Bowl.

 Thanette Caseri, mother of Sarah and Tarynn, watches many practices and supports her children in their love of dance.

“I love just seeing their light in their life and being able to express themselves in their creativity. Being able to watch them be creative and make positive choices for their life is great. It will help them in the future. They have to build an element of trust in working together,” Caseri said.

Though the girls are excited to dance, there has been a lack of funding for their upcoming events. The dancers are also scheduled to perform at the Winter Wonderland spectacle in Santa Clara, and onstage at Great America. Fantazia and the girls have been working on fundraising for their travel expenses since September, but are still short of funds.

“We appreciate the community who has come and donated their time and money. We appreciate that a lot,” said Fantazia.

The dance studio is holding a grocery grab fundraiser at Village Fresh Market at 9 a.m. on Dec. 1. The winner  of the grab will be announced at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Regardless of financial situations, Fantazia believes that everything will work out in the end, and said that the most important aspect of dancing is learning new skills to utilize later in life.

“They are like my kids. We’re like a family. It’s not a sterile environment. We are all together. It’s a better environment to help them with their strengths and weaknesses. I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about them right now. It’s a tough world out there. They are a good bunch of kids. I love them,” Fantazia said.

To purchase tickets for a chance at the grocery grab or for more information about the dance studio, contact Renee’ Fantazia at 669-855 or visit


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