2013-08-02 / Community

‘Best of Broadway’ to hold final show of summer

By Ben Meiklejohn
Staff Writer


The Dance Company will present “The Best of Broadway” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 with many new numbers and old favorites. (Courtesy photo) The Dance Company will present “The Best of Broadway” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 with many new numbers and old favorites. (Courtesy photo) SACO – The Dance Company – a local “family” of dance performers – is gearing up for its final performance this summer of “The Best of Broadway.”

Saco resident Deb Lombard, the company’s director and founder, said there are dancers who started with the company’s first production 21 years ago, and who now have children performing in the show. This year’s first production of “The Best of Broadway” was held July 9; it second show will be held 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at The Temple in Ocean Park.

Lombard, a professional dancer and choreographer, started the company in 1992 to give people of all ages in the community an opportunity to learn and develop their dancing skills. Although she choreographs about 10 shows a year, and occasionally performs in New York, Lombard said seeing her students grow into confident dancers gives her the most fulfillment.

“You never know who you’re going to touch, you might spark something. I’ve worked with kids who are now in Broadway and in movies,” Lombard said.

Someone Lombard calls a “dear friend,” who had a lot of experience and worked professionally in New York, on Broadway, and as a producer for Radio City, inspired her to start something that would bring show tunes to her community.

“I’ve always loved Broadway musicals,” Lombard said.

Lombard said she prides herself with giving dancers more confidence.

“You become part of a general family,” Lombard said. “It’s not a competitive thing.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door on show day.

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