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The Blue & Gray Press | December 13, 2018

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‘Tis the Season to Dance at UMW

By JAMIA JORDAN

The University of Mary Washington is home to an array of various dance groups on campus. From the cultural dance of Bhangra seen in India to traditional forms of ballet, you name it, UMW students showcases them all.

Upcoming performances from the UMW Performing Arts Club (PAC) are just days away. PAC will showcase their semi-annual “Big Show” production this weekend in Dodd Auditorium. Show dates are Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

This student-choreographed show will feature 15 dance pieces in the styles of modern, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and hip-hop. Tickets can be purchased in advance this week at the Nest, or at the door. Tickets are $3 for UMW students and $5 for non-UMW students.

Bhangra Beat takes off Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the Great Hall. This show will feature our UMW Bhangra Team as well as 7 different Bhangra groups from various schools in Virginia. Some of these include: the University of Virginia, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William and Mary.

Save the date and come out to enjoy this night of Indian culture and dance.

During the next few weeks, the UMW Step Team and Praise Dance Club will prepare for their own upcoming events.

“It’s going to be hot, there is nothing cold about this event,” said senior Arielle Jones.

Our very own step team, the “Alter Egos” is preparing for its Winter Bash, which will take place on Dec. 2 at the Great Hall. Following their performance, there will be an open dance party. “DJ Incredible,” from past Houston, parties will provide the music. Refreshments will also be served. Entrance is $2, and everyone is encouraged to wear a white shirt.

The UMW Praise Dance Club is preparing for the Kwanzaa Celebration on Monday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. in the Great Hall.

The Praise Dance Club will render two dance selections, one which will be collaboration with the “Alter Egos” and the “Voices of Praise.” Freshman Leah Slaughter said, “I look forward to bringing others into the worship experience through this dance ministry!”

Admission to the event is free. So come out to this cultural event, witness some powerful dancing, and eat some great food!