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Union Catholic's Amanda Guas will star in dance show, appear on cover

By Jim Lambert
 
Amanda Guas has been dancing since the time she was old enough to pull on a pair of ballet slippers.
 
“I’ve been dancing since I was two years old,’’ said Guas, a senior at Union Catholic.
 
That’s what happens when you grow up in a family full of dancers.

“I basically grew up going to dance recitals,’’ said Guas. “My older sisters, Jaclyn (now 30) and Jessica (now 23), were always dancing in shows when I was little and I would always say that’ll be me one day.
I’m going to do that, too.’’
 
That’s exactly what’s happened.
 
After watching her sisters perform in the spotlight during her childhood, it’s now Amanda who is dominating the stage.
 
Guas has risen to such a high level as a dancer that she’s been chosen to appear on the cover of the posters and program for the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s (NJDTE) Spring Show, “i Balli di Primavera,” which takes place tomorrow (May 12) in the Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University at 3 p.m.
  
Guas, who will be studying dance at Montclair State next year, will dance three times during the show, including one solo routine.  
 
“It’s crazy to think that my face is going to be put all around the college that I will be going to and be on the cover,’’ said Guas, who lives in Elizabeth.  “It’s nice to see all my hard work pay off.’’
 
Guas, who dances for the Summit-based NJDTE, spends an averagea of six days a week practicing in dance studios, including up to seven hours every Saturday and Sunday.
 
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s something I love to do,’’ said Guas.  
Guas said dancing and being on stage feels natural to her.
 
“People have lots of different ways to express themselves and communicate with others,’’ said Guas. “Dancing is a way for me to do that. I just love the feeling of being on stage. Nothing else matters when I’m up there.’’
 
Guas, who did the choreography for the 2018 Mr. UC Pageant, plans to be involved in dancing her whole life.
 
“When my dance career ends, I want to a be a physical therapist for dancers,’’ said Guas. “Dancing will always be a big part of my life.’’
 
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