A group of local teens performed last week for a crowd of more than 3,000 people including the mayor of Los Angeles.


Students from Encore Junior/Senior High School for the Performing and Visual Arts put on an interpretive dance adaptation of "The Jungle Book" and got a standing ovation at the San Diego Convention Center.


Alissa Roseborough, 16, said it was the biggest crowd she'd ever performed for.


"I was nervous at first," said Roseborough, an 11th-grader at Encore. "But I noticed that the audience was energetic and really into it, so that helped me relax. ... They actually had to quiet the crowd down so the speaker could talk."


The performance was part of last Wednesday's festivities at the 18th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, attended by representatives of 912 schools.


One of the speakers, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, was apparently impressed by what he saw. Encore Enrollment Director Steve Dekany said that Villaraigosa approached the school's board president, Dino Brown, and told him the performance was "absolutely amazing."


The five-minute scene, choreographed by Johnna Rae Griffin, was set to pop/rock music and featured a blend of jazz and contemporary dance styles as well as a few acrobatic elements. About 35 students performed in the show, and another 20 or so helped with the setup. The dancers' attire was designed by Encore costume design students under the direction of Sandi Del Sole.


"It was what we would consider to be a flawless performance; it went off without a hitch," Dekany said. "We received comments that we would rival any (performing arts) school in Orange County or Los Angeles."


Encore often puts on dance, drama, musical and acrobatic performances at its campus in Hesperia. This weekend, the school is presenting a dinner theater production of "Our Town." Performances of "Jungle Book" start April 22.


For more information, visit www.encorehighschool.com or call the school at (760) 956-2632.