Martinez confident in Toffees depth

first_img Press Association Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes he has a strong enough squad to cope with injuries and suspensions in the coming weeks. “To be able to reach that landmark at that age shows you that he’s never changed, he just embraces challenges. “He wants to get in positions where he can help the team and he’s such a humble footballer and example of how a modern footballer should behave. “Looking at the way he’s been enjoying his football at Everton it’s been a real joy for everyone and he deserves to be an example.” Everton’s hopes of getting Deulofeu back before the end of January appear to have been dashed with his parent club giving a more pessimistic prognosis. On Tuesday Martinez said he thought the 19-year-old would be missing “for the best part of five weeks”. However, Barcelona have increased that timescale to up to two months. “The striker Gerard Deulofeu, who played this season on loan to Everton, will recover from injury in Barcelona in co-ordination with the medical services of the English club,” said a statement from the Catalan club. “The player has this afternoon undergone testing by the medical services of FC Barcelona have confirmed the biceps femoris muscle injury in his right leg. “The downtime is approximately six to eight weeks. The recovery will be in Barcelona in conjunction with the medical services of Everton FC.” However, midfielders Gareth Barry and Ross Barkley and goalkeeper Tim Howard are just one yellow card away from suspension and that is something the squad must cope with according to Martinez. “It’s that time of the season,” said the Toffees boss, whose side sit just one point outside the top four having been beaten just once in the league all season. “We have Kevin Mirallas on three bookings and the three players mentioned (on four). “Having the amount of minutes (they have on the pitch) you are going to get these threats and that is not going to change anything. “All we are doing is taking it game by game and making sure everybody is fully fit for the games they are involved in and nothing else.” McCarthy returns for Sunday’s trip to Martinez’s former club Swansea having made an instant impact since his £13 million move from Wigan along with the manager in the summer. Martinez believes the 23-year-old, who has already played more than 250 matches at club level, is an outstanding example to modern players. “When you’re talking about players who you want to set an example to the youngsters, he’s clearly that,” he told evertontv. Midfielder Darron Gibson and striker Arouna Kone are out with long-term knee injuries while left-back Leighton Baines has been sidelined with a broken toe and on-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu has now been ruled out for several weeks with a hamstring strain. James McCarthy served a one-match ban last weekend but in his absence Leon Osman replaced him and scored the opening goal of a 4-1 win at home to Fulham while Kevin Mirallas came off the bench to also score. last_img read more

Cricket News India likely to win Southampton Test, says Harbhajan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Nottingham: Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has backed India to win the fourth Test against England in Southampton as he feels the conditions and the pitch are likely to favour the visitors. India bounced back from consecutive losses to clinch a 203-run win in the third Test in Nottingham to stay alive in the five-match series. The fourth Test is scheduled from August 30.“After such a performance I back India to win the next Test in Southampton, and then anything can happen in the Oval Test. At the Oval, we could get a true Indian wicket with lot of bounce and the lateral movement is less there as well,” Harbhajan told PTI in an interview.Also Read | Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan among Forbes’ list of world’s highest paid actors 2018“So, conditions could favour India and we could even play two spinners. I think India have a very good chance (of winning the series 3-2),” he said.Harbhajan blamed India’s first two losses on tough conditions and the time it takes for team to adapt to England.“At the Lord’s, conditions were very bad. England batsmen would have struggled there too, but India had bad luck. The Birmingham match was close. The big difference in this match was that India were able to put runs on the board,” he said.“In such conditions, if you put 350 runs on the board, then India will be in the game. It was about putting your mind into it and how you can put those runs on the board,” he added.Harbhajan said England’s batting line-up looks weak and vulnerable to both pace and spin bowling.“The English batting line-up looks more problematic than the Indian batting at the moment. They are playing as if they are touring India, and not the other way round,” Harbhajan opined.“Their batting line-up is more vulnerable to both pace and spin, and they look weak. Some of their first-choice batsmen have an ordinary record in domestic cricket, averaging 30-35 at best.“In India, you have to average over 50 to be even considered. They have good depth in ODI cricket but in Tests, their batting has not done much,” he added.Harbhajan feels the Indian team copped a lot of unnecessary flak after going down 0-2, but now at 1-2, the series is wide open.“It is not easy to come and play in England. You cannot say that previous Indian teams did better here. Apart from 2007, when did we last win a series in England? We tend to over-react easily and criticise too early,” he said.“It takes time to get used to conditions in England. You can practice as much as you want but match conditions are different from nets. The Birmingham Test was so close, and if India had won there narrowly (instead of losing), we wouldn’t have had so much criticism and the series would currently be 2-1 to India instead.”Harbhajan, who has taken 417 wickets in 103 Tests, feels India were unlucky in Lord’s as their batting faltered in a match affected by rain.Praising the Indian bowling attack, Harbhajan said, “Once you put runs on the board, you can see the difference. In one spell, Hardik Pandya changed the game, which is a great thing from India’s point of view.Also Read | India legend Jhulan Goswami retires from T20-Internationals“India has a great bowling attack now, which they didn’t earlier. We had only Zaheer Khan and someone else trying to chip in, but now we have three good bowlers and now we also have a fourth in Pandya.“In this match, he was matching up in terms of swing and pace to all other three pacers. It’s a blessing to have three-four proper pacers in the playing eleven, which has never happened before in the history of Indian cricket that I have played in, or seen.” last_img read more

Other Sports PV Sindhu thrashed by Nozomi Okuhara in Singapore Open Badminton semi-final

first_imghighlights Singapore City: PV Sindhu looked awfully out of form as she surrendered without a fight to former world champion Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles semifinals to draw curtains on India’s campaign at the Singapore Open in Singapore on Saturday. Sindhu, a Rio Olympics silver medallist, lost 7-21 11-21 to world no. 3 Okuhara in a lop-sided contest. Sindhu had won the last two times they played each other and overall enjoyed a slight 7-6 advantage in the head-to-head record with Okuhara. The duo had played an epic final at 2017 World Championship that had clocked 110 minutes and is considered one of the best women’s singles match in the history of badminton. Since that marathon World Championship final, Sindhu and Okuhara have played each other six times and the Indian won four times.     But Saturday, Sindhu looked completely out of sort as just 15 minutes into the match and she was crestfallen after meekly surrendering the first game following a heap of unforced errors, mainly at the net and sidelines.RELATED    While in-form Okuhara showed great control, Sindhu looked low in confidence and lacked the patience to engage her rival in long rallies.    After the change of sides, Sindhu lagged 1-3 but she recovered to made it 4-4. Okuhara then changed the pace of the rallies and gathered six straight points, which included two precise lifts at the backline and also a prompt net return.    The Japanese reached 11-5 at the interval.     With Sindhu continuing to commit simple errors, which included missing the lines and finding the net too often, Okuhara dominated the proceedings, gathering points at will.     Okuhara kept the pressure on Sindhu and eventually a round-the-head crosscourt return took her to 18-8. Four wide shots delayed the inevitable before Okuhara grabbed nine match points with another superb cross-court smash. Another crosscourt return and she sealed her place in the final.    Okuhara will face world no 1 Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, who quite incredibly saved five match points to take the match against Akane Yamaguchi to the decider and then came up trumps. She won 15-21 24-22 21-19 in a 57-minute clash with Yamaguchi to enter the finals. PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara have a 7-7 head-to-head record.Nozomi Okuhara will now face Tai Tzu Ying in the final.PV Sindhu had lost to Nozomi Okuhara in the Badminton World Championships in 2017. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Balogun, Aribo Absent as Glasgow Rangers Miss Chance to Go Eight…

first_imgRangers gaffer Steven Gerrard explained to Glasgow Times before kickoff that Aribo was not named in the squad because he suffered a minor training ground injury ahead of the trip to Livingston.“He has a little knock. We are hoping to have him available next weekend. It was too risky to do it today.”Summer signing Balogun also missed the game as a result of a quad injury he suffered in the win against St. Johnstone last Wednesday.Livingston halted Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers’ 100% record as Steven Gerrard’s side missed the chance to go eight points clear of Celtic.With their city rivals idle, Rangers had the chance to push further clear but were frustrated by an obdurate Livingston performance.Max Stryjek made a stunning save from a Borna Barisic free-kick and Ryan Kent twice came close for the visitors, but the point was enough to return Rangers to the summit ahead of Hibernian on goal difference.Livingston, without striker Lyndon Dykes sidelined after a club-record bid was accepted, claimed an unlikely second point of the season.They even came close to snatching more, when Craig Sibbald almost caught out Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin with an audacious attempt from his own half.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles duo of Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun were shock omissions from Glasgow Rangers matchday squad against Livingston in a Scottish Premiership game staged at the Tony Macaroni Arena yesterday evening.Both Nigerian players are nursing injuries that kept them away from the clash with Livingston.This is the first time in the new season that Aribo has not been utilised by the Liverpool legend. Joe Aribo last_img read more

FB : SU defense picked apart early by poised Louisville freshman Bridgewater

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The contrast between the true freshman quarterback and the senior quarterback was remarkable. One orchestrated a pair of flawless scoring drives in the first quarter that carved up the opposing defense. The other looked flustered in the pocket with rushed, inaccurate throws and zero points to show for it.In just his fifth career start at quarterback, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater outplayed Syracuse’s seasoned veteran Ryan Nassib.‘(Bridgewater) was the sixth-best quarterback coming out of high school,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘He had great poise back there. He’s comfortable with his receivers. … I was very impressed with him.’Bridgewater put forth the best game of his career in Louisville’s 27-10 win over Syracuse at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Saturday, taking control from the opening possession. His two first-quarter touchdown passes took advantage of defensive lapses by the Orange and gave the Cardinals an early — and eventually insurmountable — lead. It was Bridgewater’s first turnover-free performance as Louisville’s starting quarterback, and he looked the opposite of a developing freshman.An illegal block in the back penalty during the opening kick off put Bridgewater in a hole on the Cardinals’ first possession. Faced with a drive that began at his own 8-yard line, Bridgewater moved the ball into SU’s territory within two plays.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe found his former high school teammate, Michaelee Harris, deep down the right sideline for a 44-yard gain after miscommunication between Syracuse cornerbacks Keon Lyn and Ri’Shard Anderson — a common theme in the first quarter for the Orange.Two plays later, Bridgewater connected on a 42-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker on a beautiful back-shoulder throw that fooled Lyn, who didn’t have his head turned around. That capped a breathtaking four-play, 92-yard drive that seemed to stun the Orange, and it was Louisville’s first opening-drive touchdown of the season.‘We didn’t communicate well out there and a just couple missed assignments and stuff,’ SU strong safety Shamarko Thomas said. ‘They got the little edge on that particular part.’A fumble derailed Louisville’s second drive, but Bridgewater responded on his team’s third possession with another confident series under center. He converted a third-and-16 with a well-executed throwback screen to Harris; ran for 10 yards to pick up a second first down; and exploited a mismatch by finding tight end Josh Chichester for a 2-yard touchdown.Chichester, a 6-foot-8 red-zone weapon, was being covered by the 5-foot-10 Olando Fisher. Bridgewater lofted a perfect pass to the back of the end zone that allowed Chichester to nimbly pluck it out of the air for the easy score.By the time the first quarter ended, the Cardinals boasted a commanding 14-0 lead. Bridgewater was 7-of-7 for 124 yards and two touchdowns. And the Cardinals outgained the Orange 160-36.‘You just like the rhythm there the first two drives where we were very successful moving the ball, throwing the ball and guys just making plays on offense,’ Louisville head coach Charlie Strong said.Though Bridgewater cooled off in the final three quarters, he continued to play mistake-free football. He finished 17-of-24 for 198 yards and only those two scores, but his zero turnovers made up for his lack of production after the opening 15 minutes.But perhaps most importantly, he burned the Orange one final time on a brilliantly executed option play with just under 11 minutes remaining in the game.On a third-and-8 play from the Louisville 39-yard line, Bridgewater lined up in the shotgun with running back Victor Anderson flanking him. But he saw something in the defense and quickly called an audible into the pistol formation with Anderson behind him.What followed was an unexpected option play — something the Orange hadn’t seen from the Cardinals on film, Marrone and Thomas said. Bridgewater’s perfectly timed pitch allowed Anderson to turn the left corner and race 61 yards for the game-clinching touchdown.‘They had our card,’ Thomas said. ‘They had good checks and adjustments to our defense, and they made plays. They really surprised us on that option.’It was an audible to be expected from a multiyear starter with more than just five games of experience under his belt. And as the youngster left Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on the heels of the best game of his career, Marrone saw a polished quarterback with a bright future.He didn’t see a freshman.‘He’s a good quarterback now,’ Marrone said. ‘I think he’s going to be one of the top quarterbacks as he progresses in their system.’mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more

Syracuse volleyball dooms itself with multitude of errors in a 3-0 loss to Notre Dame

first_img Published on October 8, 2016 at 1:45 am Contact Jake: Facebook Twitter Google+ Mackenzie Weaver crouched and prepared for the serve from Ryann DeJarld. As the ball came in she tried to pass it with an upward motion. The ball instead slipped off her arms and fell to the court. She tapped the court after the error.The slip-up came after a first set in which Weaver had back-to-back attacking errors. It was indicative of what would be a common flaw for SU on Friday night.Syracuse (3-12, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) failed to keep up with a stronger and older Notre Dame (14-3, 5-0) team and kept making errors that eventually doomed it in the eventual 3-0 loss.With 20 attacking errors, the Orange defense was not able to get in rhythm and left too much open space on the court especially the right side. Head coach Leonid Yelin said that ultimately doomed the team, and said that the goal was to throw Notre Dame off with serving.“It was frustration on the bench, coaches and probably everyone because we had already gave up on the slide one block (to the right side) and we (knew what was going to happen),” Yelin said. “We didn’t take any advantage, especially about kid who is (5 foot 8) and we were jumping like she was (6 foot 9). The ball was going everywhere.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was a hole. One hand was here, one hand was there … that really destroyed us.”In the first set with the Orange trailing by six, outside hitter Anastasiya Gorelina tried to spike a hard ball but it sailed straight out of bounds. The sophomore, who is one of the more reliable hitters on the team, could not seem to get anything to go as she had a -.083 hitting percentage on 24 total attempts including six errors.The Orange lost the first set by nine but was it was in it the whole way for the second set. But after being up 24-22, the Fighting Irish tied the game after two errors by the Orange, and then won the set with two straight kills.But the Orange couldn’t carry over any of that play into a third set it handily lost, 25-10.“When we came into the locker room (after the second set) and sat down we didn’t refocus for (the third set),” Weaver said. “We had a lot of momentum and soon as we got back out there it had gone, and it frustrating.“We mentally broke down in the third set,” she added. “I think it comes with experience and it comes with youth. My frustration was that at some points there were people fighting on the court and they weren’t like giving up … We have to learn from our mistakes.”Yelin’s message to the team echoed Weaver’s and centered around the ability to prepare for opponents and maturity as a team.“They have to, they have to learn how to prepare for a team, they don’t (yet) know how … the game day (has to) start the day before not on the game day,” Yelin said. “There is not a universal recipe for everyone. Until they will know (how to prepare for teams) its (losses) will happen many, many times.” Commentslast_img read more

Phoenix pitching ices Badgers’ bats

first_imgClaire Larkins / The Badger HeraldThe offense of the Wisconsin softball team has been off to a fast start in the 2013 season, playing a large role in the team’s best start to a season in program history. Surprisingly, that offense failed to make an appearance in the first game of Wisconsin’s doubleheader Tuesday night.Wisconsin (30-9, 7-5 Big Ten) came into the twin bill with Wisconsin-Green Bay (10-19, 3-6 Horizon League) averaging just over five runs per game, but it was a different story for the Badgers’ hitters against the Phoenix in their first series at Goodman Diamond this season, scoring a total of just five runs in the two games combined.After scoring only one run in the first of back-to-back games, the Wisconsin bats woke up, scoring early in the second game with runs coming in the second and third innings.“I think we all settled in and we really didn’t have a choice to,” senior utility player Whitney Massey said of Wisconsin’s approach at the plate in the second game. “We were all much more relaxed and having more fun up to bat.”Wisconsin was able to generate 13 hits off Green Bay starting pitcher Lauren Danner, who had only started three games prior to Tuesday, but boasted a 2.30 ERA.The Badgers’ biggest hit came in the sixth inning when Massey came up with the eventual game-winning hit on her eighth home run of the season, bringing in Stephanie Peace around from first base to give Wisconsin the 4-3 lead.Massey wasn’t the only Wisconsin hitter to settle in at the plate after the first game. Senior outfielder Kendall Grimm – who had her 24-game reaching base streak snapped in Game 1 – went three-for-three in the late game, bringing her season average to .388, good for second on the team.“I definitely had a different approach [in the second game],” Grimm said. “I wasn’t focusing on timing it up, I was just looking at see the ball, hit the ball. If it’s a good pitch, I’m going to swing at it. Even then I worked my count to two strikes a lot of times, but I still stayed mentally tough and worked hard on getting hits.”Although the Badgers’ batters fared better in the second game against the Phoenix, UW still left a lot opportunities on the bases with 12 runners left on base.“I think we could have done more,” Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy said. “We could have made it easier on ourselves and we didn’t. We left it all the way down to the last six outs of the game when we were still trailing. So, it was a barn burner, but we gutted it out.”The Wisconsin offense struggled to get anything going in the first game of its doubleheader against Green Bay’s Allison Goecks.The Badgers managed only three hits on Goecks in the 2-1 loss, despite only striking out only four times. Massey says it was Goecks’ slower velocity of her pitches that threw off the Wisconsin hitters.“I think it was just the change in velocity,” Massey said. “We’ve been playing Nebraska and Minnesota and, coming back to slower pitching, I think we were getting antsy up to bat.”Goecks’ one-run effort against Wisconsin marks the only the sixth time the Badgers were held to one run or less in all 39 games this season.Healy was impressed with the effort Goecks gave on the mound and said Wisconsin’s inability to get hits was as much a credit to her as it was to the batters.“I give her all of the credit; she did a nice job of changing speeds and keeping our hitters off balance,” Healy said. “We’ve got a really aggressive team, so we’ve got to work on not just being aggressive, but disciplined also.”Healy was pleased with the way her team was able to adjust at the plate Tuesday, but wants to see hitters become more patient at the plate and be able to take off-speed pitches going into this weekend’s series against Ohio State.“We just want to see them get better pitches, get their pitch to swing at,” Healy said. “I think we took a lot of very good fast pitches and then swung at a lot bad off-speed ones. If we can flip that mentality, I think it will help us against Ohio State.”last_img read more

New snooker champions pay tribute to supporters

first_imgClub chairman Patsy Farrell says they owe a lot to those who have supported them. New Institute from Nenagh won the All-Ireland Club Snooker Championship for the second time in their history at the weekend.A 3-1 win over Crucible from Cork City in the final earned them the title.They were also crowned Munster champions the previous weekend.last_img

2020 NFL Offensive Player of the Year odds: Is it worth betting on Joe Burrow?

first_imgThe Cincinnati Bengals have only had one player win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award in their long history. Second-round pick Carl Pickens achieved the feat back in 1992, but none of this franchise’s numerous top-five picks have been able to follow up on that win. We have seen Ki-Jana Carter, Akili Smith, Peter Warrick, Carson Palmer and even A.J. Green come up short, but the oddsmakers are bullish on the chances of this year’s No. 1 overall pick, Joe Burrow. Burrow is a sizable favorite to be named OROY, but is it worth betting on Burrow at these odds?Odds to win 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year(Odds via Tagovailoa is the most intriguing rookie in this class. He was the frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy in 2018 and 2019 heading into the final month of the regular season, and he is the best quarterback Nick Saban has had by leaps and bounds. Tagovailoa showed a lot of promise during his time in Tuscaloosa, but two major injuries have led to many doubting whether he can stay healthy at the next level. Some are speculating that he may sit out the whole 2020 season, but if he’s cleared to play, the Dolphins may as well see what they have with Tagovailoa. This is a decent price to take a flier on the former Alabama signal caller.There has been significant movement on Akers’ betting odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Akers was 25-1 last week, but sharp bettors pounced on that line as he figures to be the feature back with the Rams. You can make a strong case that Akers was the most impressive running back in college football in 2018 and 2019 given the porous offensive line he was running behind, and he always ranked among the nation’s leaders in yards after contact. The value is largely out of Akers at this price though.If you’re looking for a flier, Moss is a decent bet at 33-1 to win OROY. Moss was a star at Utah, and he will immediately challenge Devin Singletary as Buffalo’s top running back. Sean McDermott loves to run the ball, so Moss will see his fair share of action in 2020. Joe Burrow +250Clyde Edwards-Helaire +500Jonathan Taylor +900Tua Tagovailoa +1000Cam Akers +1200D’Andre Swift +1200CeeDee Lamb +1400J.K. Dobbins +1600Jerry Jeudy +1600Justin Herbert +1600Henry Ruggs III +1800Ke’Shawn Vaughn +2000Denzel Mims +2200Chase Claypool +2800Jalen Reagor +2800Justin Jefferson +2800Brandon Aiyuk +3300Tee Higgins +3300Zack Moss +3300Michael Pittman Jr. +4000All Other Rookies at +5000 or MoreMORE: Get the latest odds at SportsInsider.comBurrow is coming off the most impressive season for a quarterback in college football history. There wasn’t much expected from Burrow after a lackluster junior campaign, but Joe Brady’s offensive scheme led to LSU’s offense smashing school records in 2019. Edwards-Helaire, Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase gave Burrow three incredible weapons to use in the Tigers’ offensive scheme, and he made the most of them in leading the Bayou Bengals to the national championship.It’s wise to not buy into the Burrow hype though. He was seen as a mid-round pick at the end of the 2018 college football season, and Brady deserves a lot of the credit for his overhaul of LSU’s offense. Zac Taylor might be the most overmatched head coach in the NFL, and Cincinnati doesn’t have a lot of talent on the roster.The odds on Edwards-Helaire to win Offensive Rookie of the Year have dropped considerably over the last week. Burrow’s college teammate was 10-1 to be named OROY when these odds were first released shortly after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft, but bettors have jumped on the chance to bet on Edwards-Helaire. He has the potential to become Kansas City’s No. 1 running back in Week 1, and the rookie could post incredible numbers in the Chiefs’ offense. Edwards-Helaire showcased plenty of skill as a receiver out of the backfield during his time in Baton Rouge, and that should lead to plenty of chances for him to catch passes in space from Patrick Mahomes.Indianapolis looked to address its running back issues by taking Taylor in the second-round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and he will be in one of the better situations for a rookie. His offensive line is one of the best in the league, and he will have an experienced quarterback at the helm in Philip Rivers. However, there are three big reasons to shy away from Taylor at this price. First, he has a fumbling problem, and that typically doesn’t go away in the NFL. Additionally, he was a high usage running back at Wisconsin with 926 carries in three years, and his running style makes injury concerns a real worry. Lastly, he wasn’t a great pass-catcher out of the backfield, so he will need time to adapt to that at the next level.last_img read more

Johansen Olympia Dance Center Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of Free Recitals

first_imgFacebook79Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Johansen Olympia Dance CenterJohansen Olympia Dance Center continues its 40th anniversary season with four free recitals this Sunday, June 9th at the Washington Center in downtown Olympia.  The recitals are at noon, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, and 6:00pm, and last approximately one hour.  Each performance is unique and features ballet, pre-ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance.  Dancers range from age 4 to aspring pre-professionals, plus adults.  No tickets are needed, and seating is general admission.Johansen Olympia Dance Center is directed by Ken and Josie Johnson, who danced professionally and received degrees from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford.  The Johnsons are also certified in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum in New York.Johansen Olympia Dance Center is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 8 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The Center is committed to offering high quality dance training in a positive and nurturing environment.last_img read more