by Mika Belle
"We thought it would be fun to have a themed show," said Katie Ponozzo, performer and show choreographer. "Sometimes dance can get cerebral and abstract. This show is very applicable and accessible."
She described the dance styles as contemporary and modern with a theatrical flair. Friday's show featured a group of young zombie performers who made a special appearance to dance in sync to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
The show also included visits by Little Red Riding Hood and some mystical mummies. About 200 souls were in attendance, and though the all-ages crowd started out a bit stiff, they later loosened up to embrace the peculiar performances.
Ponozzo said all of the troupe's dancers are from Idaho and that the company is proud to exclusively use local talent. Off Center Dance is currently in its third season and the group plans to continue establishing permanent roots in the Boise dance community.
"This is more than a hobby; it's a passion," Ponozzo said.
To view a slideshow of the performance, click here.