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Student doesn’t miss a step

He's part of Saturday's Lincoln's Got Talent show
By: Carol Feineman News Messenger Editor
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KNOW AND GO What: Second annual Lincoln’s Got Talent! When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Lincoln High School Theater, 790 J St. Admission: $10 for students and $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased at The News Messenger, 553 F St.; The Place!, 505 G St.; Wardrobe, 517 G St.; Sierra Hills Framing, 531 G St; and at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum, 472 E St. Call 645-7733 for more information. Parking: Because of a wrestling tournament held at the school, also on Saturday, there will be shuttles from 6th Street between J and L to the school theater 45 minutes before and after the show for convenience. Zack DeBar, 17, knows how to push himself out of his comfort zone. And he’s going to do it again Saturday during the Lincoln’s Got Talent show at Lincoln High School’s theater. The Lincoln High School junior, one of last year’s show favorites, was anxious jumping on the stage last year to dance. “I was definitely scared last year,” DeBar said. “I didn’t have enough stage performance behind me.” Not only that but DeBar was just learning the art. “It’s a funny story. I was just getting started dancing,” DeBar said Monday. “I had no dancing experience before. I was kind of wishy-washy when I took my first dance class at school last year to be with a friend.” But that didn’t stop DeBar from joining Lincoln High School student Kevin Ebana at the inaugural Lincoln’s Got Talent show last year. “Last year, the day of the show, we were working all day on a three-man routine,” DeBar said. “Last minute, my friend got called by his father and had to go to the Bay Area. For a good half hour before the show, Kevin (Ebana) and I turned it into a two-man routine.” The crowd never knew that the performers changed the dance at the last minute. The two Lincoln High students presented a fast-paced performance. Since last year, DeBar has accelerated his dance education. He’s taking dance class again. And others are noticing his efforts. “Zack is a great kid, very funny, and as you know a good dancer,” said Lincoln High’s driver- education teacher Jeff Cash. “I can vouch that Zack is a hard-working and dedicated student.” DeBar is also in a performance group called The Minor Effect. The Minor Effect appears at community events, including Relay for Life and at parties a couple times a month. And the dance group of seven mostly Lincoln High students will audition for MTV’s “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew” on Feb. 5 in Los Angeles. Their routine will include a mix of breaking, popping, old school locking and “anything that will catch the audience’s eye.” “We’re going to compete again a lot of crews from across the country,” DeBar said. “Our goal is to be the best.” Before then, though, DeBar will perform again at this Saturday’s Lincoln’s Got Talent show. “I had a lot of fun last year. It was cool,” DeBar said. “I’ve improved since last year. I feel it will be good practice for the (L.A.) auditions to be on stage.” His style this Saturday will be breaking or turfing. “Come to the talent show,” DeBar said. “If you don’t, you’ll be missing out.” Saturday’s show is a fundraiser for the Lincoln Area Archives Museum. All proceeds will go to the downtown nonprofit organization. Co-sponsors are the Lincoln Area Archives Museum and The Lincoln News Messenger. Call the newspaper at 645-7733 for more information about the talent show.