JUST DANCE ... Palo Alto's debate over the future of Cubberley Community Center turned contentious Monday night when artists, school-district boosters and former mayors urged the City Council not to offer an 8-acre parcel of the center for sale to Foothill College. One speaker, Jo Gilbert, compared Foothill to a "200 pound gorilla" trying to impose its will on the city â€” a description that several council members rejected. Perhaps the highlight of the long and contentious public hearing came from DanceVisions, a dance studio at Cubberley. Laura Zweig, who teaches at the studio, showed the council a collage of photos featuring children who have trained at the studio since the age of 3. She then deferred the remainder of her public-speaking time to her dancing colleagues, who rose from their seats and indulged in a minute of synchronized clapping, swiveling and hip-shaking to the beat of Duffy's "Mercy." The surprise performance delighted the audience, who responded with a hearty round of cheers and applause. "That is a first," Mayor Sid Espinosa observed once order was restored.
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posted Friday, July 1, 2011, 12:00 AM