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Wou Spring Dance Concert Offers Diversity

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will host its renowned Spring Dance Concert from May 7-9 at Rice Auditorium.

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will host its renowned Spring Dance Concert from May 7-9 at Rice Auditorium.

"This year's concert has something for everyone -- from the rhythms of African dance and tap, to movement landscapes weaving modern, hip hop and Latin flavors," said Deborah Jones, director and WOU dance professor.

Performances for the annual event will be held at 7:30 each night, and tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $7 for students. Tickets usually sell quickly.

The spring concert is an annual event that allows WOU dance students and faculty members to showcase their own choreographed pieces. Cast auditions take place every January.

Guest artists also take part. This year's visitor is Jodi Melnick, an instructor at Barnard College in New York and a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher. Melnick received the Bessie Award in 2001 and 2008, graduated from the State University of New York, and was a featured dancer with Twyla Tharp.

Her work has been commissioned for the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Dublin Dance Festival, Bates College in Maine and throughout Estonia, Russia and Japan.

Melnick's modern piece for the concert is "Three Square Pigeon," which will feature eight WOU dance majors.

Several students have also choreographed their own work for the event, including Nastassia Zacarias of Ontario. Her "Rejoice" is a fusion of Latin rhythms and centers on cultures, friends, and the joy of dance itself.

Darryl Thomas, artistic director of Rainbow Dance Theater in Monmouth choreographed three pieces, one of which features aerial choreography.

For tickets and more information, contact the WOU Box Office at 503-838-8462 or visit www.wou.edu.

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