Not everyone can dance, but Dianne Sharp-Roberg has four dogs that have been trained to do some sweet moves. Owner of “Dance by Dee,” Roberg expanded her client base from humans to canines about 16 years ago.
“I have found that teaching children to dance is very similar to training and working with the dogs to perform dance and Frisbee routines,” Roberg said. “I developed the ‘Dazzle Dogzz’ in 1999.”
Dance by Dee, which began in 1988, had a bit of a head start, but as soon as Roberg got her first border collie she knew there was something special about her dog.
“Kachina was a border collie brainiac. She pushed us to do more with her, and I wanted to keep her busy,” Roberg said.
She began to train Kachina and introduced dance moves to her talented pup.
“The possibilities were endless with her.”
Kachina passed away in 2007, but the Dazzle Dogzz is still going strong.
“Maya is a 15-year-old border collie. She’s been our longest Dazzle Dog because she’s been performing since before she was 1. There’s Apache, a deaf blue heeler who is very athletic and intelligent. Sundance is a high-energy pure bred border collie, and Pocahontas is our latest border collie rescue. She’s just under 2 years old, but has brains and talent,” Roberg said, introducing her troupe.
Dazzle Dogzz performs regularly around Salt Lake County and has been on public stages, such as Soldier Hollow’s Sheepherding Classic and the 2002 Olympics.
“Our dogs play basketball with the kids at the show. They play tetherball and golf and they jump over dice,” Roberg said. “Our biggest showy part is the grand finale where they do a free-flight Frisbee routine and dance.”
To close the show, Roberg will remind the audience of the importance of recycling as Maya cleans up the trash and puts it in the recycle bin.
West Jordan Library, at 8030 South 1825 West, will host Dazzle Dogzz on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 3-4 p.m. Admission is free and families are welcome.
“We like to make a difference and put on a show. Our dogs really connect to the kids,” Roberg said. “Half of my dogs are rescues, and I want to remind people to adopt, adopt, adopt.”