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Young dancers get opportunity to vie for national recognition

The Clearwater chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters will hold a competition for young dancers from the West Coast of Florida and Orlando on March 17 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.Contestants must be at least 14 and not yet 19 by May 25.

The competition on March 17 is a regional prelude to the national

competition held in Pittsburgh May 24-26. There are prizes at the regional competition - $500 (first), $300 (second), $200 (third) - and the winner is sent to the national competition on the Clearwater chapter's tab. Prizes at the national competition total more than $14,000.

The National Society of Arts and Letters is a non-profit organization of arts professionals who sponsor young artists. They highlight a different discipline each year in their competition, and their alumni include such well-known performers as pianist Malcolm Frager, vocalist Jessye Norman and dancer Amanda McKerrow.

Applications for the regional competition are due March 5. Call 796-4708, 595-4980 or 461-3601 (all Pinellas numbers).

Kit for arts planning

Anyone who has watched arts organizations can tell horror stories about the patchwork management styles and poor planning even the best groups display on occasion. Now, a national accounting firm has produced a management kit that encourages clear planning and consistent management for non-profit groups, including the arts.

"I do accounting for about 12 non-profits, and I've seen these groups struggle," said Chip Jones of KPMG Peat Warwick in Tampa, at a presentation Thursday morning in Tampa. "This is a system that helps groups identify their assets and their goals and to work toward them in a clear, well-defined process."

Peat Marwick is working with the Junior Leagues of Clearwater/Dunedin, St. Petersburg and Tampa to advise organizations on implementing the Resource Development System, Peat Marwick's management kit.

The system is designed to "develop effective plans, orchestrate resources, diversify revenue and motivate constituents" for non-profit organizations. The sections of the process cover resource analysis, operational and strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of projects.

While the books are designed to be self-administering, Peat Marwick will hold free seminars with their management experts for organizations that buy the system. In addition, each of the Junior Leagues has members who have been trained in the plan and who will help any organization that asks. The price for the kit is $550. While that might seem steep, seminars and consultants that many organizations currently use would probably cost more.

For more information, call the Junior League near you: 442-0223

(Clearwater/Dunedin), 895-5018 (St. Petersburg) or 254-1734 (Tampa).

Tap choreography

Henry LeTang, a prolific choreographer for Broadway, film and television and a specialist in tap, will give tap class Saturday and Sunday at the Holiday Inn Surfside, 400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach.

Classes are offered for students 10 and older as well as dance teachers. For a full schedule and information about registration, call Barbara Hodges at 576-0200 (St. Petersburg).