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On Scene

East versus west

The difference between Ski Time Square and the downtown night scene is a tale of two cities.

I’ve always been a downtown girl. And apparently, I have spent so much time downtown that I barely knew the people hanging out on the mountain last weekend.

I always laugh when people complain about having to go to the mountain or downtown — as if it is such a hassle because of the long drive. You can get anywhere in Steamboat in 10 minutes.

But the difference in the crowds between the two cities is conspicuous. I think people map out their territory based on where they live. But if you live on one side too long, you never make the night scene transition as seamlessly as the address change.

I lived downtown for longer than I have lived on the mountain, and I still haven’t converted. Ski Time Square was for aprÃs skiing and sushi happy hours and the occasional old school rap star at Levelz.

El Rancho, the Rio, the Wolf Den, the VFW, Mahogany and Mambo were my turf. But even my west side story sometimes rises in altitude from time to time. And it’s worth the 10-minute cab ride to experience a little east side culture.

An evening of dance

As soon as the house lights went down and the stage lights went up, you could forget for a second about the summer heat.

The “Evening of Dance” performance last Friday at Perry-Mansfield was like a next generation Broadway sampler platter.

Those dancers are on their way to successful professional careers, and the caliber of movement was remarkable. There were no cookie-cutter moves or jazz hands or egos from the chorus line.

It was a professional show incubated and cultivated in five weeks and exhibited in a Dirty Dancing cabin in the woods.

Every piece was built out of sweat, determination and that unnamed quality that breeds distinction.

— Allison Plean

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