Arts and Entertainment

Variety showcase helps individuals show off talents

A variety showcase for individuals of all ages who want to perform in dance, music, poetry and other talents has been slated July 6 in Port Orchard.

The event is set for 6 p.m. at the Port Orchard Pavilion, 701 Bay St.

Director Emily Olson said Arts Across the Water is a monthly event that showcases talented people in the community with performers with artistic talents ranging from music, dance, poetry, dance, visual art and more. It is a family friendly show without pressure and competition. Olson’s family is helping to promote the show, while Robbi Perez is handling all social media advertising.

Olson, a 2005 graduate of South Kitsap High School, said the showcase offers individuals a venue to perform their talents.

“It’s a place where we can show our talent, meet other artists and take pride in this beautiful corner of Washington,” she said. “Too often we keep that poem in the drawer or only sing to the shower head, or refuse to dance unless no one else is home and all the blinds are drawn.”

Olson was born and raised in Port Orchard. Throughout high school, she was involved in the music program and was a dancer at The Dance Gallery from ages 7-18.

“Both were a huge part in shaping my love for he arts,” she said.

Her sister, Katie, is a music teacher at East Port Orchard Elementary and her brother Chris is a musician in New York.

Olson was two college quarters away from earning her bachelor’s degree in dance at Western Washington University, when her mother became ill. She dropped out of school and taught at Dancing For Joy in Bellingham for the seven years, before returning to South Kitsap in January.

Olson, who works at Cafe Gabrielle in downtown Port Orchard, said she is considering forming a board of directors in order to create a non-profit organization.

“I have never been part of or started a non-profit before,” said Olson. “This will all be new and exciting for me.”

More than 175 people attended the group’s first event in June. The Gallery School of Dance and Music, South Kitsap High School cheer and dance teams, and Nobleza Folklorica Dance Group performed with Sayre Thompson, Noah Skillman, Aaron Williams, Ben de Lacy, Melinda Kay, Andrew Meade, Josh de Lacy, Emily Riehl and Seth Boyer.

“I love all the arts and I believe this town is full of artistic people,” she said. “I want to draw them out and celebrate them. Our little town is on the verge of some big growth and I think our love of the arts should be part of that growth.”

Tickets for the event are $5 per person and children ages 10 and younger are admitted for free. All proceeds go toward rental and advertising costs.

For more information about the show, email Olson at


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