ALAMEDA -- Dance/10 Performing Arts Center presents "Road Trip USA" as its summer showcase this year, but the event has turned into a trip down memory lane for owner Pamm Drake.

Scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday, the high-energy dance revue features talented performers from adults down to age 3 and celebrates favorite destinations such as New York, Las Vegas, New Orleans and the California coastline. But it is the finale that has Drake recalling years past.

"Christina Lazo is choreographing 'A Chorus Line' for Woodminster Amphitheater in August, and she wanted to learn Michael Bennett's original choreography," said Drake, who toured in the national touring company of "A Chorus Line" from 1982-84.

Dancers at Pamm Drake’s Dance 10 studio in Alameda strike a pose during a workshop to learn Michael Bennettís choreography for the finale of "A
Dancers at Pamm Drake's Dance 10 studio in Alameda strike a pose during a workshop to learn Michael Bennettís choreography for the finale of "A Chorus Line" -- ìOne.î

Coincidentally, Woodrow Thompson, who was also in the national company, recently moved back to the Bay Area. Drake contacted Thompson, and they decided to offer a 10-week workshop for dancers to learn Bennett's choreography for the show's finale, "One." Drake then decided to use the number as the finale to her own summer showcase.

"It's been great working with Woody after 30 years and going through those incredible moves again," said Drake, who will perform along with Thompson in the finale. "When I came back to the Bay Area, Woody went to New York and did several Broadway shows. He's been touring all over the world and just recently moved from Germany back to the Bay Area."


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The workshop not only reconnected the two old friends, it also allowed Lazo to learn the original routines before incorporating them into her own rehearsals at Woodminster.

"We also plan to take the dancers in the workshop to see Christina's show," Drake said.

Although it's been 30 years since Drake performed in the national tour, the choreography from "A Chorus Line" has often been a part of her life.

"I even have our Tap Dancing Christmas Trees do the finale from the show," she added. The trees' performance of "One" at this past year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City was a big hit.

In addition to "One," the "Road Trip USA" showcase includes a wide variety of dances and music such as "Viva Las Vegas," "House of the Rising Sun" and the Beach Boys' "California Girls." The showcase also incorporates numbers from such popular Broadway shows as "Newsies," "Anything Goes" and, of course, "A Chorus Line."

The Saturday evening showcase features teen and adult dancers with the Sunday matinee including the younger dancers.

"We also add our teen and adult competition teams to the Sunday show," Drake said.

FYI
Performances of Dance/10's "Road Trip USA" take place at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave. in Alameda. Tickets are $17 and $14 for children and seniors. A combination ticket with admission to both shows is $20. Call 510-522-5678 or go to www.dance10.org for more information.