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DANCE This Young Artists Hit the Stage July 8-9

dance_thisLove modern dance? How about Tahitian, tap or Afro-Brazilian? If your eyes light up from the mere thought of finding these unique performances all in one place -- well, get ready to rock your socks off with some serious dance moves by some incredible young performers.

Since 1999, DANCE This has been bringing together more than 200 creative, young dancers each year through an extensive program to share culture through the art of dance. There are four essential components: A two-week summer training intensive for ages 13-21 in Seattle; a public performance; a week-long overnight camp at Centrum in Pt. Townsend (grades 9-12); and the opportunity for students to participate in year-round master classes and attend performances. Fun stuff, right?

This year's public performance will be held at The Moore Theatre on July 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and will include the likes of critically-acclaimed professional dancers and choreographers such as Joey McKneely, Mark Morris Dance Group's Joe Bowie and Daniel Cruz of Cruz Control. Tickets are priced at $20 for both evening public performances.

Also on the bill: The nationally-ranked Shorecrest High hip hop dance team, a contemporary performance piece by Orcas Island teen Sabina Smith-Moreland, titled "Headphones,"  a West Side Story musical theater medley featuring legendary choregraphy by Jerome Robbins, Tahitian moves by local group Te Fare O Tamatoa and a whole lot more. (You won't want to miss seeing the Brazilian Samba and Capoeira!)

Want a sneak peek of the fancy footwork you can expect from this year's performance? Check out the following short documentary from DANCE This 2010 to see some of the intricate costumes, professional choreography and incredible dance moves that these amazing teen artists are capable of.

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