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Old turns meet new twists

UNT dancers to present original choreography

Senior dance majors at the University of North Texas put news twists on old turns in their upcoming new choreography performance.

“Movement in Meaning” collects the dances of eight student dancer-choreographers next weekend, Dec. 2-4, at the University Theatre.

“They will be presenting artistic dance-making through meaningful movement, taking the audience on a journey that goes deeper than just steps,” said dance professor Shelley Cushman, the show’s artistic director and dance professor.

Student artists deal with everything from addiction to resisting cultural conventions. Senior dance major Arie Jung created “Pierced,” a dance inspired by a group of volunteers she met at a local coffeehouse. The men are clients at Denton Freedom House, a ministry for men struggling with addiction. Senior dance major Bianca Nuñez said her modern dance, called “Undesired Shadows,” is about a person who doesn’t want to be a part of society’s norms.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and 2 p.m. Dec. 4, at the theater in the UNT Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, 1179 Union Circle. Tickets cost $5. For reservations, call 940-565-2428, email or visit

— Lucinda Breeding