Dance Across America visits Grasonville
GRASONVILLE — Friday evening, April 22, Jean Marie Dance Studio hosted Louie Perez, of New York, an energetic dance choreographer who began his third annual “Coast 2 Coast: Dance Across America” tour in Grasonville before going on to his next stop in Pittsburgh Saturday.
Perez, who came to the U.S. as a Cuban immigrant when he was 10 (more than 30 years ago), originally settled in Los Angeles, with his parents. In his youth, he developed a passion for dancing. His parents could not afford to pay for lessons. Through the efforts of his teacher, it was arranged for Perez to continue taking dance lessons by mopping and cleaning the dance floors at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, in North Hollywood, California, where he began learning his skills.
He went on to perform in numerous touring and LA Broadway shows around the nation. For the past decade, Perez has owned his successful VP Dance Academy studio in Fishkill, NY.
His tour is themed, “Never Give Up On Your Dreams,” and he has student shout those words during his free dance clinics as he travels across the nation during National Dance Week.
He said, “Regardless of what your dream is, never give-up on it! If you have a passion for something, stay with it.”
The tour promotes health and fitness along with the ideals of persistence, perseverance, passion and positivity. The tour ends in Portland, Oregon, later this week.
Jean Marie Dance Studio in Grasonville has been open for the past decade offering a wide variety of dance training to both youth and adults. Owner Jean Marie, a native Marylander, performed with Debbie Reynolds in Reynolds’ dance show in Las Vegas, beginning 25 years ago. For those who don’t remember Debbie Reynolds, she’s the mother of actress Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia, of Star Wars movie fame).
Jean Marie Dance Studio is located at 125 Pullman Crossing Road, Suite 103, Grasonville. For more information, call 410-304-2024 or go online at www.jeanmariedancestudio.com.
From the left, choreographer Louie Perez of New York leads students from Jean Marie Dance Studio in Grasonville, Friday evening, April 22, in stretching exercises before presenting a free dance clinic to begin National Dance Week.
Local dance student Anya Martin, left, performs with New York choreographer Louie Perez during a free dance clinic at Jean Marie Dance Studio in Grasonville, Friday evening, April 22.