This July 4th, award winning professional dancer and instructor Denise Mannion is celebrating 25 years of providing belly dancing and playing music at the one mile turn in the Mt. Shasta Walk/Run.

This July 4th, award winning professional dancer and instructor Denise Mannion is celebrating 25 years of providing belly dancing and playing music at the one mile turn in the Mt. Shasta Walk/Run.

Locally based World Music band ‘PANGIA,’ featuring Pat Olson on traditional instruments and vocals, will provide the music for this year’s dancers, including Theresa Jade from Santa Rosa and Mount Shasta and two of the founding members of the Original Mountain Gypsies, who began as Mannion’s students some years ago.

They will be joined by  Robyn Vandiver, dance instructor in Yreka.

Guest drummers will include Joe Svetlik and Jon Parsons.  

“Although many belly dancers do not dance to live music, it is important to note that historically, the primary role of the dancer is to become the visual expression of the music,” said Mannion. “As an observer, one should be able to ‘see’ the music.”

Information about College of the Siskiyous’ Fall dance classes taught by Mannion in Weed and Vandiver in Yreka, along with contact information and CDs, will be available on site during the July 4th Walk/Run.