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Peoria Ballet to perform with ONU Dance Company

Oct 5, 2007

The Freed Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents the Peoria Ballet in performance with the Ohio Northern University Dance Company. Performances will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.

The Peoria Ballet joins forces with the ONU Dance Company and ONU Symphony to bring an evening of contemporary ballet to ONU. Featured numbers include "BB3," based on J.S. Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto #3," and "Smooth" by Carlos Santana.The mission of the Peoria Ballet is to further the participation, education and appreciation of all disciplines of dance as a cultural art form, with emphasis in ballet. For more than 40 years, the Peoria Ballet has been a recognized leader in dance. Company members include Christiana Bennett, Stephanie Lampe, Tarasina Masi, Edward McPherson, Rebekah von Rathonyi, Christopher Ruud, Evan Strand and Erich Yetter. Christiana Bennett, Edward McPherson and Christopher Ruud appear courtesy of Ballet West.

The ONU Dance Company, a member of Ohio Dance, the National Dance Education Organization and the American College Dance Festival Association, is committed to bringing together university students and professional dancers.

ONU Dance Company members include Lydia Bottoni, Maumee, Ohio; Amanda Fannon, Kenton, Ohio; Emily Hart, Westerville, Ohio; Bryan Homyak, Fairview Park, Ohio; Alice Hyster, Amherst, Ohio; Kendra Keegan, Vickery, Ohio; Katy Meara, Conneaut, Ohio; Stephen McIntosh, Cincinnati, Ohio; Hillary Pletcher, Norwalk, Ohio; Katie Rumbaugh, Wooster, Ohio; Susan Warrington, Hudson, Ohio; Melissa Widman, Perrysburg, Ohio; and Sabrina Widman, Perrysburg, Ohio.

Production staff includes Nils Riess (producer), chair of the ONU department of communication arts; Laurie Bell (ONU director of dance), resident artist and dancer, associate professor of dance; Kathleen E. DeVault (production manager), resident lighting designer; Cathy Smalley (costume designer); and Sheena Baines, visiting lighting designer from New Zealand.

General admission tickets are $20. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling (419) 772-1900.

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