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"Dance New Works"

“Dance New Works” presents freshly choreographed pieces by students in the University of Montana’s School of Theatre and Dance. Seen above is a piece by senior BFA student Jordan Freeman, who created the piece as part of her senior project.

The dance program at the University of Montana is closing out its season with "Dance New Works" next week, featuring two alternating programs.

In a break with the past, Program I features BFA seniors showing off their thesis project work, said Nicole Bradley Browning, a professor in the School of Theatre and Dance. Rather than a series of unrelated works show back to back, she said it has "three different sections that offer a little bit more of a full body of dance."

Program II features nine emerging choreographers in a variety of genres, Bradley Browning said. They range from beginners to those with years of experience. It features dance for dance's sake all the way to pieces making political and social commentary. One piece explores stereotypes over the passage of time; another relays a choreographers experience teaching himself hip-hop dance.

"They're taking some interesting risks," she said.

The UM School of Theatre and Dance will present "Dance New Works" from Tuesday through Saturday, April 26-30 at 7:30 p.m., with the April 30 program at 2 p.m.

Program I runs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Program II runs Wednesday, Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

They all take place in the Open Space in the PAR/TV Center. Tickets are $9 for general admission and $6 for students. They're available at UMArts Box Office or by calling 406-243-4581.

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