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UW-RF Dance Theatre Presents Spring Concert

The UW-River Falls Dance Theatre will present its annual Spring Concert April 1-5 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on the UW-RF campus. The concert will consist of a unique blend of choreography by faculty, students and guests.

Guest choreographer Maria Gené will present "Between Earth and Sky," inspired by the art and stories of indigenous people and accompanied by the music and poetry of the Algonquian Indians. Gené is a professional choreographer, performer and teacher whose works have been performed at the Ordway Music Theater, Walker Art Center, and Southern Theatre. She is also artistic director of the Kairos Dance Hall Theater and the Youth Dance Company in the Twin Cities.

A traditional Korean Shaman dance by Brooke Jee In Newmaster, an instructor for the Chang Mi Korean Dancers, will also be featured in the concert. Newmaster has studied traditional dance in Korea and is a recipient of two Minnesota Arts Board folk art grants.

Faculty members Karla Zhe, Susan Sell and Torrion Amie will showcase diverse styles of choreography including hip-hop and abstract modern. Dance theater alumna Kimberly Johnson and University of Minnesota dance major Mari Kline will performance inventive and technically demanding pieces.

Student choreographers include Amanda Lorenz, Shelby Ginder, Teaen Richmond, John Severson and Cary Bittinger. Their styles range from high-energy jazz and lyrical contemporary pieces to an introspective blend of Ta Kwon Do movement with modern dance.

The concert will conclude with a large group piece danced by the 35 members of the UW-RF Dance Theater and choreography by Zhe, director of the troupe.

Ticket prices are $5 for students and children, and $7 for adults. University students can receive $1 off regular price of a ticket fi they attend the special Student Night performance on Wednesday, April 2.

Tickets will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, March 24 through Friday, April 5 at the ticket office in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. Tickets will also be available each performance evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Ticket reservations are recommended. For further information on the Spring Concert, call 715/425-3131. To purchase tickets, call the ticket booth t 715/425-3114.

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