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Cultural performance benefits Team Davis

Six young dancers from the NewStar Chinese School perform a Xinjiang dance, which features music and dance steps from the Uyghur ethnic tradition. The dancers took the stage at the recent Asian Pacific Rim Festival in Sacramento. Courtesy photo

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From page A4 | June 06, 2012 |

The NewStar Chinese School — which mounts an elaborate annual Chinese New Year show — will present a special showcase at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St.

Proceeds will benefit Team Davis, the local nonprofit organization that helps enrich the lives of children and adults with developmental, cognitive and/or physical disabilities, and sponsors the local Special Olympics team.

Teams of students and adults from the NewStar School will perform Chinese dances, orchestral music, music for traditional instruments like the pipa and the erhu, and Chinese kongfu.

Special guests will include Chinese zither performer Chiffon Fu, as well as NewStar teachers David An, who plays the hulusi, a traditional wind instrument, Qiqi Li and Jane Zhang. Members of Team Davis also will sing the Joan Jett arena anthem from the 1980s, “I Love Rock and Roll.” And two local elected officials — Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada and Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza — will take turns as master of ceremonies.

“We are so thrilled that the NewStar Chinese School decided to designate us as the beneficiary for this charity concert,” said Robin Dewey, president of the Team Davis board of directors.

Team Davis fields local Special Olympics teams in 10 different sports.

“Our youngest member is maybe 6 years old, and our oldest members are in their 60,” Dewey said. “We are an all-volunteer organization, with no paid staff. All donations go to things like equipment, uniforms, supplies and facilities rental.”

Team Davis will participate in the Northern California Special Olympics competitions at UC Davis on June 22-24. The nonprofit group also organizes art classes, singing groups and a gardening project at UCD. Information about Team Davis is available at www.team-davis.org.

The NewStar Chinese School meets on Sunday afternoons in classrooms at Davis High School, and offers classes in Chinese language, music, martial arts and Chinese culture. For more information, visit www.newstar.davis.ca.us.

Tickets for Sunday’s showcase are $10 general and $5 for students, available in advance at Watermelon Music, 207 E St. in downtown Davis, and at the door on the night of the performance.

For information about the show, call Ning Wan at (530) 219-4995 or Dewey at (530) 400-2392.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at jhudson@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8055.

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