ATASCADERO — Nancy Beckett was born to dance and she has danced all her life. Her dance lessons began at an early age and she has progressed from a student to a performer, then a teacher and a patron of the arts, especially the art of dance.
Nancy is on the board of the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation (PRYAF) and she is representing PRYAF as a Community Star in Dancing With Our Stars (DWOS), 2019. She tells us “PRYAF is dear to my heart. All classes are free! Dance, Art, Filming, Set Making, Music, Singing. PRYAF is a very special place.”
The mission of PRYAF is to enrich the lives of area youth with FREE after-school classes in the visual and performing arts in a safe, nurturing environment. In addition to her work with PRYAF, Nancy has taught at the Vista, CA Girl’s Club, San Marcos High School, and a year after Cheryle Armstrong opened the Paso Robles Class Act Dance Studio in the early 90s, she joined the Studio as a partner and teacher, teaching Broadway Dance and tap. She has also performed with the Pioneer Players.
Nancy and her husband Doug moved from Southern California to our area in the early 80s, with their sons Josh and Jake, and founded the iconic Peachy Canyon Winery, famous for its excellent wines and for elevating Zinfandel to North County prominence. Josh and Jake are now in the wine business as well, and their families, which boast five grandchildren, are an important focus of Nancy’s life. She and Doug love to travel and take their family on special trips. Nancy was recently chosen as the Studios On The Park Sweetheart and a high point of that event for her was dancing with her two granddaughters.
Nancy feels honored to be asked to be a Community Star and her choreographer is another life-long dancer, Christina Troxel. The lovely Christina is a popular and versatile DWOS dancer, appearing for her sixth year as a partner to a Community Star as well as a leading cast member in the production numbers.
Among her DWOS highlights are the 2016 People’s Choice award with Star Michael Bartlett and the Sweepstakes award in the 2015 Colony Days Parade for the float she designed for the Friends of The Library. She is a teacher as well as a dancer and most recently taught swing and ballroom dancing at the Agricultural Hall.
She currently dances at special events and as a sub for other dance teachers. She can be found dancing with husband Tom (another DWOS choreographer), where ever music is played. Equally important as her passion for dancing, Christina is a painter, specializing in portraits of people and animals.
Vote for Nancy by emailing Emily Jagger at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation- [email protected] Be sure to check the DWOS page on the Friends of the Atascadero Library website for information about fundraising events being held for Community Star dancers in the coming weeks.
Atascadero’s Dancing with our Stars will be held March 21, 22 and 23, 2019 at the Pavilion on the Lake. Opolo Vineyards is the exclusive wine sponsor. Catered buffet dinner by Pacific Harvest Catering. Tickets will be sold online starting Jan. 14. Event sponsors receive best seats prior to public ticket sale. Interested in sponsoring? Contact Event Chair Jeannie Malik- [email protected] prior to Dec. 31, 2018. Interested in donating a silent auction item? Contact Linda Zirk- [email protected] Tickets will sell out! Don’t delay securing your seats for this popular community event supporting seven local non-profit organizations.