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UNI dance company to perform as part of Arts in April

April 3, 2003

Ranae Keane-Bamsey, director, Orchesis, (319) 273-3560
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's dance company, Orchesis, will present its spring dance gala Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Saturday's performance begins at 7 p.m., and Sunday's performance begins at 2 p.m.

The 18-member company will present a series of pieces, including high-energy hip hop, modern dance, classical ballet, jazz and tap. Student and faculty choreography will be presented.

Orchesis members are Michelle Arp, Caitlin Gillies, Anne Hoffman and Heather Turner, all of Davenport; Alisa Balm of Spirit Lake; Emily Barrich of Webster City; Jamie Buhman of Bettendorf; Andrea Buelt of Waterloo, Angie Doorenbos of Boyden, Emily Fassbinder of Dubuque; Lori Gaither of Iowa City; Jenny Heiman of Muscatine; Julie Hicks of Knoxville; Jaimie Howard of Sioux City; Leslie Long of Cedar Rapids; Brianne Policha of Clinton; and Michiru Shiraishi of Ashai, Japan. Orchesis is directed by Ranae Keane-Bamsey.

Also performing will be the UNI Capoeira Club and personal wellness students. Student members of the group are Francesca Romana Morawska Hanson of Ottumwa; Pedro Augusto M. Zogaib of the Federative Republic of Brazil; Paul Stille of Charles City; Kim Nguyen of Iowa City; and Nicole Heck and Dawn Marie Anderson, both of Cedar Falls.

Special guests for the performance will be the International Dance Theatre and the UNI Dance Team.

Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for all others. They can be purchased by calling (319) 273-SHOW.

The event is part of the university's month-long Arts in April celebration. Arts in April grew out of UNI's 125th anniversary celebration in 2001 highlighting the many arts and cultural pursuits at UNI. In addition to the performing arts, UNI will host exhibits, lectures, films, family-centered events, observatory programs and special dining opportunities.

The complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at