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UW Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival Public Performances July 24 and July 27

July 16, 2013
Man and woman dancing
AXIS Dance Company 2012 dancers Joel Brown and Sonsheree Giles, in choreography by Amy Seiwert. (David DeSilva Photo)

The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance’s Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival concludes with public performances July 24 and July 27.

The Student Showcase Concert is Wednesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. Admission is free. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate work from their home studios in the performance.

The festival culminates in the Gala Concert Saturday, July 27, at 4 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. The production showcases works created by guest faculty and features student dancers, as well as performances by members of AXIS Dance Company. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For ticket information, call (307) 766-6666.

The performances conclude 10 days of intensive study with distinguished faculty from around the country. Modern, ballet, tap, jazz  and specialty classes were taught by guest faculty Jessica T. Pearson, a fellow at the University of Utah Department of Modern Dance; longtime professional dancer Andre Megerdichian, now with the Duncan Center Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic; Jacob Mora, choreographer, dancer, actor and musician, who is now artistic director of Moraporvida Contemporary Dance; veteran choreographer Susan Israel Massey; American Tap Dance Foundation Executive Director Tony Waag; and Ballet West Academy faculty member and University of Utah Professor Sharee Lane.

The AXIS Dance Company is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Founded in 1987, AXIS has become a jewel of contemporary dance and disability culture. AXIS has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form -- physically integrated dance -- and performs in more than 120 cities worldwide.

“It’s not only visual effect, of course. The very makeup of the company implies a reaffirmation of human possibility, a triumph over adversity, that’s both magnificently powerful and unlike what you’ll see elsewhere,” wrote dance critic Sid Smith of the Chicago Tribune.

In addition to master classes, festival activities includes seminars, lectures and discussions with teaching faculty. For more information, visit

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