The Children's Dance Theatre, the performing arm of the Virginia Tanner School of Dance, will hold its fall fund-raiser Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the University Park Hotel.

Included in the evening's activities are a reception with a light buffet, a children's dance performance, a silent auction and adult dancing to the music of "Miss-Elaneous."Suggested donation is $20 per person.

In preparation of the upcoming Dance and The Child International Conference to be held in Salt Lake City in July, the fund-raiser will take on a worldwide theme.

The summer event, which will be hosted by the Virginia Tanner community, will include children's dance companies from throughout the world.

CDT dancers have participated internationally, most recently attending the same conference in London.

Local and state audiences also have an opportunity to learn about the arts through dance. The performing group travels to both local and remote schools for lecture demonstrations and performances.

Students recall a performance for the Navajo Indians on the bluffs of Medicine Hat. Indian families hosted the dancers in their homes and shared a glimpse of their lives.

One student, Emily Issac, thought she was born to dance, but her preschool movements resembled those of a tomboy. After three years of training at the Virginia Tanner School of Dance, Issac auditioned for the Children's Dance Theatre, the performing corps.

"Emily looked more like a football player than a dancer," admitted her father, David.

Desire to dance, persistence and supportive training transformed a cumbersome kid into an elegant dancer, a story that applies to many Tanner students.

"Regardless of how she looked to others on stage, Emily always felt she was a beautiful dancer," her mother, Annette, said. "The faculty at Virginia Tanner thought she was beautiful, they accepted and supported her learning process."

Others no longer consider Emily awkward. Now 16, she's a member of the Skyline High School Dance Club and a cheerleader at the school.

"I credit the growth of Emily's self-confidence to her ongoing experiences with the Children's Dance Theatre," said Annette.

Since its inception in 1949, CDT has provided a vehicle for growth and development in children.

Based on the philosophy of "encouraging the joy of movement, cherishing the spontaneity of children and nurturing the personality of each individual dancer," the program extends itself to the community in a variety of ways.

Community businesses supporting the Children's Dance Theatre fall fund-raiser are: Leslie's French Pastries, Siegfried's Delicatessen, Le Croissant, Granatos, Albertson's, Dan's, Harmon's, Landures Produce, Great Harvest Bread, Kathy's Natural Food Ranch Market, Smith's, Pardner's, Marie Callender Pies, Danish Crown Bakery, Neighborhood Bakery, Upper Crust, Scandia Kaffe House, Pierre Country Bakery, Salt Lake Roasting Company, Santa Fe Restaurant, Gastronomy Inc., Sysco Food Service, Bird's Cafe and The American Grill.

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Recipes listed:

Three Layer Scandinavian Cookies

Taco Tarts

Apple Streusel Bars

Marble Brownies

Garden Pizza