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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 11B ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT m A local documentary Stewards of the Lost Sierra" focusing on the trail is an "engaging and honest building group Sierra Buttes look at some regular people Trail Stewardship will achieving extraordinary screen at the Town Hall things," said Tara Stone, Theatre in Quincy on Nov. SBTS program director. 20 at 7 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets Shot and set entirely in for volunteers working with Plumas and Sierra counties, SBTS on its Nov. 15 Mount and featuring s~enes from Hough Trail-Day are free; all the Downieville Classic others pay $5 admission. mountain bike race and the Produced by Hunter Sykes Lost Sierra trail run, "Trail and Coldstream Creative, "Trail Stewards of the Lost changes in their own Stewardship is a nonprofit "Recreational trails can be Sierra" chronicles the story backyard," said Stone. "The organization based in the the economic lifeblood of the of the Sierra Buttes Trail film brings to light the northern Sierra Nevada Communities in the northern Stewardship through dedication, hard work and focused on restoring, Sierra," said Stone, "and the interviews with its founder, humility needed to maintaining and building preservation and Greg Williams, Stone, trail persevere in an often world-class recreational enhancement of those trails crew chief Henry O'Donnell difficult environment, and trails. Founded in 2003, the is a low-impact and positive and medical liaison Dr. Rob also illustrates the rewards SBTS has grown from a way to employ local Bixler. gained from such dedication simple need -- keeping the workforces, build "It is an inside view into and the sense of family that trails above Downieville community awareness and the shared passion of the stewardship builds along open -- to encompass a pride, and strengthen ties likeminded individuals the way." much broader set of core throughout those striving to enact positive The Sierra Buttes Trail values, communities." Line dance students burn calories and stimulate their brains by learning taught by Krista Marie Norris. Photo by Suzanne McDonald Line ancing classes Special to Feather PubliShing' Line dancing continues its popularity in our north country region under the imaginative guidance of professional line dance instructor Krista Marie Norris. With classes in GreenVille, Chester, Westwood, Susanville and McArthur her down-home style, expert knowledge and instructional skill reaches a wide audience. She receives rave reviews from her students, who say they arrived at their first class uncomfortable and lacking confidence, but are ' soon put at ease by Norris' encouragement and effective teaching style. Cathy Morrison, from Susanville, says, "Krista is an amazing teacher. She is very patient and great with new students." Partners are not required and the dances consist of simple steps. As Norris says, "If you can count to eight, then you can learn to line dance." So whether you come alone or with your whole family, everyone can join in and enjoy the fun. Shirley Christensen, a loyal senior student of Norris', says, "Line dancing keeps me active, Krista is a great teacher and a great person." Norris increased her repertoire and her students' " involvement this summer performing at several , different venues. Her " students from Plumas and i; Lassen counties demonstrated line dancing ,~ at Pioneer Days in Taylorsville, Gold Digger ' Days in Greenville, the Paul , Bunyan Festival's street ' dance in Westwood, the ~: Quincy and McArthur fairs, Doyle Days and at the bandshell concert series in "~ the Lake Almanor Country ~i Club" Last year they took part in the Relay for Life in ,~ Susanville by dancing around the track. " Norris teaches many different line dances and uses ~ a variety of music both old , and new including country and western, the Eagles, the Beach Boys, Santana, Huey Lewis, Lionel Richie and even Chubby Checker. When line dancing first came on the scene in the early 1970s, it was strongly associated with country-western music and dances such as "Cowboy Boogie." But the dance craze soon moved into other types of music such as disco with the "Electric Slide" and then really took off when several movies came out with a strong dancing theme. And today it is a worldwide phenomenon. Norris grew up in the Bay Area and began dancing with her mother before she went to kindergarten. She was dancing in competitions by age 23 and soon began teaching dance. Dance students in our area have been enjoying her skills and charisma since she calne to live in and work for Lassen County and started teaching line dancing at the Diamond Mountain Casino in 2012. Her many other interests include water skiing, riding motorcycles and rodeo. step sequences in classes II :omers ~ She won second in ~ 2:~, ' California in 1992 in gymkhana. She earned a Professional Rodeo and Cowboy Association card in 1999. One of her other loves is her horse named Winnie. Besides just the plain fun of dancing to music, the "movin' and groovin'" burns calories. Students have brought personal electronic fitness ' devices and recorded significant increases in calorie burning while dancing, plus increasing the usual steps walked in a day by a thousandfold. Jeanne Sterken, one of Norris' line dancing students, sums it up: "Great aerobic exercise!" Line dancing also stimulates the brain to focus and improve memory as dancers learn the sequence of steps that make up each dance. Put that together with socializing with friends and all for a small donation of $5 per individual ($10 in McArthur) -- who says there is nothing to do in town? Sweat, smile and sway -- I'm going line dancing! Norris is also available for private occasions such as weddings, school functions, private parties, benefits, etc. If you would like to book a line dancing class/demo for any special occasion call Krista at 250-5262. Amazing animals Boo the cat strikes a pose in preparation for Halloween. Film to feature technology, human connection, All are welcome to join FOCUS Film Festival and Feather River College's Enactus, DSPS and the Diversity Committee at a film