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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Judge to Speak, Award Scholarships

Published: March 16, 2009

Carrie Ann Inaba, the well-known judge on ABC’s popular “Dancing with the Stars” competition, will once again deliver the keynote address and award a pair of scholarships at the Second Annual Master’s of Dance Seminar on Saturday, March 28, in The Walter Pyramid at CSULB.

Presented by CSULB’s University College and Extension Services’ Community Engagement Department, the dance seminar will run from 8 a.m. (registration) to 3 p.m., and it is open to individuals ages 8 and older. A Dance Showcase featuring professional and non-professional hip-hop crews and performing dance groups will take place from 4:30-7 p.m.

“Last year’s participants had a great time,” said Aaron Cash, an accomplished international dancer and choreographer who is coordinating the event and will serve as master of ceremonies. “No matter what level of dancing you are at, you will get something out of this. Dancers get better by seeing so many other dancers and it becomes this great learning experience. There’s always someone better than you and the more things you learn, the better your repertoire.”

Regina Cash, director of corporate education, event planning and community engagement for UCES, and Aaron’s wife, said, “dance should be for everyone, not just the privileged. It’s about the passion.” Because of donations and sponsorships this year, the registration fee has been reduced to $25.

The seminar will offer a day-long experience of learning techniques from some of the hottest dancers and choreographers in the entertainment industry through one-hour group sessions. With something for everyone, featured dances will include hip hop, Latin ballroom, modern, lyrical, African and jazz.

Dance Group

Along with Inaba, the event will feature Aaron Cash (Original Tap Dog – tap), Artem Chigvintsev (“So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars” – Latin ballroom), Suzanne Easter (Cher’s lead dancer – jazz), Carlton Wilborn (award-winning author – modern/lyrical), Charlie Schmidt (original Groovaloo – hip-hop); Jaime Burgos (Groovaloo – hip-hop) and Bethany Strong (lead dancer “Bolden” – African).

At the end of the day, all dancers will gather back on the floor of the Pyramid and two dance scholarships will be given away, courtesy of Inaba.

The seminar registration fee is $25 and the dance showcase fee is $10. However, registrants will receive a complimentary showcase ticket. To register, visit the event’s Web site or call the UCES Customer Service Center at 562/963-2250. Donors to support the program and scholarships may contact Regina Cash 562/985-8358 or