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Dance troupe to perform at St. Hubert on Sunday

The Elysi­an Dance Com­pany will present its an­nu­al spring con­cert on Sunday, March 30, at 1 p.m., at St. Hubert High School, 7320 Tor­res­dale Ave. 

The en­trance is on Dit­man Street. Ad­vance tick­ets cost $12, or $8 for seni­or cit­izens and stu­dents. Tick­ets at the door are $15, or $10 for seni­ors and stu­dents. Pro­ceeds will be­ne­fit the Eliza­beth Ann Pu­laski Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship Fund at the Uni­versity of the Arts and St. Hubert. The dance com­pany is based at Anna Mar­ie’s Academy of Dance, 7201 Marsden St. in Ta­cony.

Liz Pu­laski was a 1979 St. Hubert gradu­ate and a ju­ni­or at the Phil­adelphia Col­lege of Per­form­ing Arts (now Uni­versity of the Arts) when she died of a brain an­eurysm in 1981 at age 20.

Bill and Anna Mar­ie Pu­laski, her par­ents, own the dance stu­dio and began the schol­ar­ship pro­gram soon after their daugh­ter’s death. The Uni­versity of the Arts win­ner, a ju­ni­or with fin­an­cial need, re­ceives $3,000 to­ward her tu­ition seni­or year. The St. Hubert win­ner, a ju­ni­or and mem­ber of the school’s dance club, re­ceives $1,000 for her tu­ition seni­or year.

The 90-minute con­cert will fea­ture 23 dan­cers from Elysi­an’s com­pany, ju­ni­or and train­ing pro­grams. The girls range in age from 11 to 18 and will per­form bal­let, jazz and mod­ern dances.

Also per­form­ing will be Michelle Tatiya, the 2013 schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent from Uni­versity of the Arts. The hip-hop group Just­sole will en­ter­tain. The group in­cludes Brit­tany Stanger, a 2008 Elysi­an gradu­ate.

The con­cert will also fea­ture an alumni group’s ver­sion of Black Vel­vet by Alan­nah Myles.

The alums con­sist of Stephanie (Pat­ras) McGoldrick (class of 1998); An­gela (Capri­otti) Pazdunkiewicz (class of 1996); Gina (Kravetz) Wi­erzbow­ski (class of 1996); Siobhan Hogan (class of 2003); and MaryKate Mc­Don­nell (class of 2012).

“It’s a chance to re­min­isce with people,” McGoldrick said.

The alumni cho­reo­graph­er is Daniela Galdi, who has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only per­son to re­ceive the Pu­laski schol­ar­ship while a stu­dent at St. Hubert and Uni­versity of the Arts. The alums, per­form­ing for the fourth time in the show, will be placed fourth among 11 routines. They’ll wear black dresses dur­ing their three­m­inute per­form­ance.

“It al­ways comes to­geth­er in the end,” said McGoldrick, who has per­formed in the first three alumni routines.

Mack­en­zie Weiss­man, a New Found­a­tions Charter School sev­enth-grader and McGoldrick’s 13-year-old daugh­ter, will per­form with Elysi­an’s ju­ni­or com­pany.

“It will be ex­cit­ing for both of us to share the stage,” McGoldrick said. “Our fam­ily is anxious to see it.”

Any­one un­able to make Sunday’s show can send con­tri­bu­tions to the Eliza­beth Ann Pu­laski Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship Fund, Uni­versity of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St., Phil­adelphia, PA 19102, At­tn: Mira Zer­gani, vice pres­id­ent for de­vel­op­ment. ••

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