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Art, dance come together in movement

A collective of different groups to perform

"The Art of Movement" is a collective of local dance groups that represent different genres in movement.

It will be performed April 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

Enjoy Hip Hop, Break, Brazilian, Lyrical, Polynesian, Belly Dance, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Mexican Folk Dance as dancers celebrate this performing art.

Susan Sorensen is the director of the Columbia Gorge Dance Academy Company Dancers. This elite performing company's members study and perform in the disciplines of Ballet, Modern, and Jazz at the Academy's Elite Level.

Phoenix Theatre is an ensemble theatre group at Hood River Valley High School under the direction of Rachel Harry. The class is by audition only, and can be taken as college credit. Using basic Commedia Del'Arte principles with a little Jean L'Coq as seasoning, the group strives to bring theatre to children of all ages. Phoenix Theatre performs in the schools as well as festivals, teaches workshops and, starting next year, will bring a full length children's play to the Hood River Valley High School Bowe Theatre in January.

Meyer Performing Arts Studio Director, Rebeka Meyer, brings a musical theatre training program for grades 2-12. Presenting excerpts from "Singing in the Rain," the full musical is scheduled to run April 24, 25, 26 at 7 p.m., and April 26 at 2 in the Bowe Theatre.

Performing Polynesian Dance, under the direction of Makelea, will be Pa Hula Ohana (meaning "Dance Family"). The Polynesian Dance Troupe was established to educate and promote the culture and dances of the Islands.

Performing Hip Hop, under the direction of Christa Chandler, are the Joy Dancers. Performing traditional Mexican dances from different regions, will be the Hood River Mexican Folk Dance group, directed by Sonia Marquex.

Performing Brazilian capoeira in the form of a roda, which is a circular assembly of musicians and capoeiristas, will be Grupo Raca Capoeira, under the direction of Jim Pytel. Capoeira is simultaneously martial art, dance, game, and ritual. Set to traditional Brazilian rhythms and songs, it dynamically blends an array of kicks, leaps, feints, dodges, and acrobatics.

Ticket prices are $10 and $8 for seniors and students.

Tickets are available at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.


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