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Local talent to shine for Yes I Can
Ragamuffin Dance Co. to highlight Sept. 20 event

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Chelsea Anderson takes a break at the American Flyer Coffee Co. on Route 66, where free tickets will be available Sept. 1. Tickets for the Yes I Can event will also be available at the Williams Recreation Center.

<br>Patrick Whitehurst/WGCN<br> Chelsea Anderson takes a break at the American Flyer Coffee Co. on Route 66, where free tickets will be available Sept. 1. Tickets for the Yes I Can event will also be available at the Williams Recreation Center.

WILLIAMS - Chelsea Anderson and her Ragamuffin Dance Co. are geared up for the upcoming Yes I Can event, to be held south of Williams at Lost Canyon Sept. 20. Tickets for the free event will be available Sept. 1 on a first come, first serve basis. Anderson and students of Ragamuffin Dance Co. will be among the performers at the 2009 Yes I Can event, titled "The Great Adventure," which will also feature a number of other speakers.

"My teen/adult hip hop group is performing one dance there towards the beginning and we're finishing up towards the end with the Lifehouse skit," Anderson said. "Lifehouse is a group and they have a song called 'Everything.' It's actually a popular skit that church groups and a lot of different groups do on stage."

She called the skit a powerful one for anybody who has not seen it performed.

"It makes me cry every time I watch it," Anderson said. "My students are going to be in it and also some other dancers. We'll do our skit and then the band plays the last song and then it's over. Then everybody's going to head down to the rec center and get food and autographs and stuff."

Anderson is the owner and operator of Ragamuffin Dance Co. in Williams, a new dance company offering a wide variety of dancing.

"I teach jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop and break dancing. Break dancing, popping and locking are one class. I also teach a dance fit class four days a week," Anderson said. "It's going good. Our summer showcase is coming up, showcasing what the students did this summer and then fall session is going to start Sept. 1."

More information on Anderson's dance company can be found online at www.ragamuffindanceco.com. Anderson can also be reached at (520) 837-9826.

Other performers at the Sept. 20 event at Lost Canyon include former NFL players Ray Perkins and Jay Shroeder and comedian Carlos Oscar. Following the event, an autograph session, merchandise sale and free food will be offered at the Williams Recreation Center. A live band, free prizes and other performances are also planned as part of the event. While any age is welcome, organizers said the event is geared for junior high through college level age groups. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on Yes I Can and the Great Adventure, call (928) 600-0131 or write to Yes I Can Inc. at P.O. Box 153, Williams, Ariz. 86046. The group can be found online at www.yesicaninc.org.

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