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Young dancer to perform at ‘Kids’ Choice Awards’

Local dancer Zach Belandres will perform on Nickelodeon's "Kids' Choice Awards" Saturday, March 29, 2014. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

Local dancer Zach Belandres will perform on Nickelodeon's "Kids' Choice Awards" Saturday, March 29, 2014. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

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From page A4 | March 27, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — He’s only 11, but has seen the limelight.

Professional dancer Zach Belandres will get to showcase his skills at Nickelodeon’s “Kids’ Choice Awards,” which airs live on Saturday.

The Fairfield resident has been on television before. He performed on “Dancing With the Stars” last year and at the “Kids’ Choice Awards” in 2012.

Nevertheless, his father, Chris Belandres, said Zach was pleased to get the gig.

“He’s been happy, he was excited,” Chris Belandres said.

Zach Belandres, who attends Nelda Mundy Elementary School, auditioned for the TV show last week in Los Angeles. Rehearsals started Sunday and continued Wednesday at the University of Southern California Galen Center. Chris Belandres said Zach auditioned with a group of about 300 and was likely the only Northern California resident out of the 10 finalists, who are mostly from Los Angeles.

The young dancer will get to join a group of other dancers for a choreographed routine that features breakdancing, Chris Belandres said.

“We’re proud and excited, and his hard work is paying off,” Chris Belandres said of his son.

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Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.
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