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November 14, 2012

Teen helps organize dance company benefit

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He said he made the switch to Cooperstown because he felt it offered a more competitive academic environment, and thus might enhance his chances of earning a college scholarship.

As for which college he’d like to attend, he said his preference now is to head west, perhaps selecting a university in California or Colorado. He said he is thinking of pursuing a career as a health professional, perhaps a doctor, veterinarian or pharmacist.

Phoenix Project Dance was created by Amber Perkins, operator of Perkins Schoool of the Arts in Norwich, where Lyons has taken dance lessons since he was a young boy. Phoenix Project has performed in Canada, Greece, and several locations across the United States, including a festival last August at Battery Park in New York City, where Lucas performed while the Statue of Liberty was in view of the audience.

“He’s a very athletic young man, and he has very natural ability in a lot of things,” Karen Lyons said.

On top of everything else he is involved with, Lucas Lyons has also joined the theater group at Cooperstown High School. Last weekend, he performed in the musical “Footloose” staged at the high school.

Asked how his

involvement with dance has impacted his skills in other sports, Lyons said: “It helps me tremendously. It helps with my footwork, flexibility and agility. My vertical (his ability to jump) has increased five or six inches.”

Lyons said he is lining up corporate sponsors for Sunday’s event at the high school to defray costs for building rental and hiring custodians.

The goal is to send 100 percent of the proceeds to the Angel Network.

Given the wide

array of activities in which he has participated, Lyons was asked which one of them he most relishes pursuing when he attends college.

“Lacrosse,” he said. “It’s kind of where my passion has been.”

For more information on the dance troupe, visit website www.phoenixprojectdance.com.

For information about the local Angel network, go to Cooperstown Angel Network on Facebook.

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