Guest educator comes to dance celebration

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The University of North Texas’ upcoming faculty dance concert, “Celebrating the Power of Dance,” will be the focal point of four days of events bringing together students, faculty and alumni.

The Department of Dance and Theatre presents “Celebrating the Power of Dance,” Thursday through next Sunday, April 28. The four days of dance also includes alumni, former faculty members and guest educators, including acclaimed dance educator Daniel Lewis.

The faculty dance concert will include nine modern dance pieces choreographed by professor Shelley Cushman, including her work “En I Me,” which was performed at the National College Dance Festival in 2008. Cushman studied World War II movies and documentaries to create a dance about war, but the choreographer says it’s also part of a larger work that brings mankind to a place of peace.

On Thursday, alumni and former faculty members will return to teach and participate in classes at Stovall Hall.

Lewis will lead a symposium Friday. He worked closely with Jose Limon, a pioneer in the field of modern dance and choreography. Lewis served as dean of dance at the New World School of Arts in Miami, Fla., where he created the dance division’s eight-year professional program.

Lewis will also speak Saturday in the University Theatre following the concert.

“Celebrating the Power of Dance” will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the University Theatre. The theater is inside the Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, at Welch and Chestnut streets.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, and $7.50 for seniors, UNT faculty and staff, and UNT students. To purchase tickets, call 940-565-2428.

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