Friday, January 16, 2009

Sad News 

Posted by James at 12:55 PM ET

From the Los Altos Town Crier

Sioux Lewellyn Lehner, who achieved fame as an outstanding dancer, choreographer and teacher, died Jan. 3 of an undisclosed cause. The Tigard, Ore., area resident was 50.

Mrs. Lehner grew up in Sunnyvale. She attended Fremont High School, where she was team captain for the school dance team, “The Featherettes.” After graduation, she pursued a career in Hollywood.

Mrs. Lehner landed the title of Miss Los Angeles County and competed for the title of Miss California. Later, she danced for the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders, then earned a spot as a dancer on the national TV show “Midnight Special.” Later, she was hired by David Copperfield for his acclaimed magic shows. She also worked in film, appearing in two feature films: “Dr. Detroit” with Dan Aykroyd and “Going Berserk” with John Candy.

After marriage to her husband, Peter, and starting a family, Mrs. Lehner began teaching for the USA Drill Team alongside American Idol star Paula Abdul.

In 1989, Mrs. Lehner started Dance Attack, in Mountain View, which grew to more than 500 students. She and her family later moved to Oregon, where she opened a second dance studio.

A celebration of Mrs. Lehner’s life is scheduled 4 p.m. Monday at Flint Center in Cupertino. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Lehner is survived by three children, Justin, Rachelle and Jake.

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