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University Dance Theatre to perform concert

UW-River Falls Dance Theatre will present its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. April 2, 3, 4, and 5 in the Blanch Davis Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building.

UWRF Dance Theatre has been around for more than 30 years and is a modern dance company that brings an artistic dance program to students who love to dance. It strives to provide rich dance experiences and performances for River Falls and surrounding communities.

This concert will feature the work of two professional guest artists from the Twin Cities.

Marciano Silva dos Santos is the director of Contempo Phyisical Dance, recognized for its dynamic fusion of Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira, and contemporary dance. The Dance Theatre dancers will perform his piece called “Rush” at the concert.

Whitney McClusky is a director of Duniya Drum and Dance that features West African drum and dance. Her piece this year features dances called “Yankadi” and “Yamama” from Guinea West Africa.

“Yankadi” is a playful dance of seduction by the soussou ethnic group in Guinea West Africa, and is danced by both young girls and boys at various occasions.

“Yamama” was  a mask dance from the Samou village that would happen once a year as a moment to ask for help and turn over your problems. It is now played throughout Guinea at various occasions.

Admission to the concert is $10/adults, $8/seniors (60+), and $5/students and children.

Tickets can be bought at the University Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Kleinpell Fine Arts or by phone at 715-425-3114.

The Box Office is also open one hour prior to all performances.