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WMU dancers step up Chicago connection

Oct. 28, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Dance students at Western Michigan University will be stepping into a big spotlight on Thursday, Nov. 5, in Chicago.

The Department of Dance's performance ensemble, the Western Dance Project, has been selected to perform in the Dance Chicago Festival 2009 15th Anniversary Spectacular. The troupe will hit the stage in the festival's New Moves B lineup, performing "Yes, and . . . ", created by Chicago choreographer Autumn Eckman. The performance will take place in the Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.

The festival runs Friday through Dec. 12. The Western Dance Project will perform as part of the festival's Up Close and Personal series running Nov. 4-15, showcasing high-quality dance to thousands of patrons.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the dancers, the department, the college and University," says David Curwen, associate professor of dance and the ensemble's director. "It also demonstrates the high level of talent here at WMU."

This event marks the latest connection between WMU's Department of Dance and the Chicago dance scene. Other efforts include performances by WMU students at Chicago-area high schools, an alumni reception in early November and featuring the work of Chicago choreographers in their concerts.

Ticket information

For tickets, call the theatre's box office at (773) 327-5252. More festival information is available at dancechicago.com or theatrebuildingchicago.org.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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