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Concert to celebrate ‘power of dance’

University of North Texas dance students and guests take flight this weekend during the annual faculty dance concert at the University Theatre on campus.

The concert, Celebrating the Power of Dance, presents the work of one of the dance faculty’s most prolific choreographers: Shelley Cushman. The longtime dance professor has nine modern dance works in the concert. She brings back the Saving Private Ryan-inspired “En I Me,” which was performed at the 2008 National College Dance Festival. Cushman studied both film and documentary treatments of war to flesh out her meditation on peace. She’ll also stage “Entrance,” “Exit” and “Floods and Other Torrents.”

UNT alumnus and former faculty member Daniel Lewis, who worked closely with modern dance pioneer Jose Limon, will be back on campus to lead a symposium. Lewis is the founding dean of the dance division at the New World School of the Arts.

The faculty dance concert performances are at 8 p.m. today and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 26-28. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7.50 for UNT faculty and staff, UNT students with valid ID and seniors. For reservations, call 940-565-2428.

The University Theatre is located on the first floor of the Radio, Television, Film and Performing Arts Building, at West Prairie and Welch streets.

— Lucinda Breeding