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Tippi Toes dancers perform at Harlem Globetrotters game


Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

First Row L to R: Corrine Cloft of Rochester, Ian Cunningham of Stewartville, Victoria Vargas of Rochester, Julia Clark of Kasson, Sophie Allen of Kasson, Dorothy Glaser of Rochester, Chelsea Hansing of Kasson, Aliena Spitzer of Fillmore Central, Kyla Hellickson of Fillmore Central, and Jeweleanna Lidke of Lanesboro. 2nd Row L to R: Morgan Phillips of Kingsland, Reilly Lawson of Kingsland, Kareena Kloek of Rochester, Annika Bartucz of Rochester, Becky Zheng of Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Skylar Lentz of Fillmore Central, Malea Diehn of Rochester, Tessa Duncan of Rochester, Jorja Fishbaugher of Chatfield, Tylar Wenthold of North Winneshiek, Delanie Schwein of Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Elianna Cassmann of Fillmore Central, Vivienne Hoeltzle of Fillmore Central, Sasha Bicknese of Kingsland, Sari Rein of Lanesboro, Ashtyn Schibursky of Fillmore Central, Tori Raaen of Fillmore Central, and Brooklyn Carpenter of Kingsland. 3rd Row L to R: Mia Books of Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Alivya Luhman of Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Abby Larson of Stewartville, Brea Covey of Lanesboro, Ava Olerude of Spring Grove, Olivia Gleason of Spring Grove, Kayla Olevson of Lanesboro, Kendel Slavin of Lime Springs, Kayden Shaw of Fillmore Central, Abby Northrup of North Winneshiek, Alexandria Johnson of Lime Springs, Jane Hamilton of Rochester, Emily Wetzel of Rochester, and Destiny Kramer of Plainview-Elgin-Millville. 4th Row L to R: Teachers Morganne Goff, Andrea White, Tara Cassmann, and Kayla Gregg. Photo by Jade Sexton

By Jade Sexton

Tippi Toes Dance Company has grown and expanded in southeast Minnesota in the last few years. Tara Cassmann of Harmony has been a dance instructor for Tippi Toes for three years now, and she recently had the pleasure of taking the dancers to Rochester to perform at the Harlem Globetrotters’s halftime show.

According to Cassmann, there are 225 students in Tippi Toes, as far south as Decorah, Iowa, all the way up to Lakeville, Minnesota. The dancers range in age from 18 months to 12.

“I had a great friend in Oklahoma that reached out to the Harlem Globetrotters, and they invited her dance crew to perform,” explained Cassmann. “She passed along our name to the corporate office, and they called me and asked if we were interested.”

Obviously, they were very interested in performing. They have done many performances in many places, but never an event this big.

Cassmann said they needed to sell 100 tickets in order to perform. They ended up selling 325 tickets to family members and friends. Those family members and friends took up three sections of the Mayo Civic Center arena.

Forty-five dancers danced the “Tippi Tippi Jam” on Sunday, April 14. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters brought a large crowd to Rochester. During halftime, they were treated to the routine the children have been practicing for the last month.

The students come from Preston, Lanesboro, Harmony, Chatfield, Spring Valley, Plainview, Rochester, Kasson, Spring Grove, Lime Springs, North Winneshiek, and Stewartville.

“We had to come up with a routine that crosses all age barriers,” said Cassmann. “Our youngest dancer is two, and the oldest is eleven.”

They decided on the “Tippi Tippi Jam.” According to Cassmann, it is a song that is on the Tippi Toes CD. “It’s a very fun, interactive song,” she said. “We get the crowd into it, too.”

Harlem Globetrotters games are a great family event, and the kids were ecstatic to be a part of it. They had fun watching the first half of the show before their performance. Afterward, as they gathered for a group photo, they were joined by members of the Harlem Globetrotters.

The Tippi Toes Dance Company does a lot of performances in the area. They have danced at Art in the Park in Lanesboro, and at Rochester Honkers baseball games. This year they will b .....
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Samantha Gibson receives Outstanding Theatre Award, 2013

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Gerry Sullivan was the director of the Theatre at Saint Mary’s College from 1959-1967. If it were not for him, there would not be a Theatre Department today. Those who create theatre in state of the art spaces, such as our Page Theatre, must ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Confession alert! I, being of sound mind and body, admit that I do not crave chocolate. Well, I don’t hate it either; if that makes you feel better. My family and friends confessed “chocoholics” find this a bit odd. However, since this lea ..... 
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Gospel Quartet Group comes to Preston

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The name Still Water may be new to some gospel music fans, but the sounds, energy and faces will be very familiar. Founded in 1994, this group of men has brought their unique talents and ministry to folks all across the country. And even though th ..... 
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Stan’s Still to appear at the Whalan Stand Still Parade

By Kevin Blanchard

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Back by popular demand, “Stan’s Still at the Parade” will once again make an appearance at the Stand Still Parade on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 in Whalan MN. You will not want to miss this once a year opportunity to meet and chat with the now i ..... 
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Northern Lights in Concert April 28

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Northern Lights, the women’s chorus of NE Iowa, will present a concert of some of their best selections on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Decorah, IA, at 3:00 p.m. The repertoire of this concert was chosen for its inc ..... 
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3rd Annual Art Show

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On Monday, May 6th the Fillmore Central Art Department will present their 3rd Annual Student Art Show. The art show will takes place in the High School Stage Gym in conjunction with the 7-12th grade vocal music concert, which is at 8:00 pm. Art wo ..... 
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‘The Solid Gold Band” to perform

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

The Solid Gold Band will be providing the musical entertainment for the Stand Still Parade activities on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Since this year’s theme is “Back to The 50’s and 60’s” the band will be providing music that should bring back ..... 
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More notes from a country kitchen.

By Vicki Christianson

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The other night I got out my Silverstone cooking pan and lightly sprayed it with Fat Free Pam and thought, “boy, have we come a long way in the frying area!” When I was first married I only owned a great big black cast iron fry pan that had been ..... 
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