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CMU presents dance concert Dec. 7-8

Colorado Mesa University's fall dance program presents "something for everyone" - contemporary dance, tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop in its annual fall concert, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8.GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Titled "Fall For Dance," the concert includes choreography by new assistant dance professor and Broadway performer Tracey Bonner.Bonner, who came from New York to work at CMU, has performed in several Broadway musicals, including "West Side Story," "A Chorus Line" and "Show Boat." She's also choreographed several Broadway productions, as well as the Radio City Rockettes.For CMU's "Fall For Dance" concert, Bonner choreographed a musical comedy titled "Flowers" - a "boy chases girl" piece; and "a New Orleans jazz number," she said. Titled "N'awlins," the piece is reminiscent of Bob Fosse, a renowned Broadway choreographer, Bonner said. Another faculty member, Melonie Buchanan Murray, has been busy choreographing "The Nutcracker" for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra's upcoming performance, Dec. 14-15. Murray will pull two pieces from "The Nutcracker" - "Waltz of the Snowflake" and "Arabian Pas De Deux" - both will be performed by the same cast as in the symphony performance.The dance concert also includes choreography by guest artist James Wallace, artistic director of the Wallace/Dawson Project (formerly David Taylor Dance Theatre), and adjunct instructors John Kelley, Connie Monroe, Kathleen Riskey, and faculty emeritus Ann J. Sanders.Two select dance students, Sarah Bullock and Gabrielle Cahill, have also choreographed pieces for the show. One is a hip-hop piece, and the other a contemporary modern piece. "Both are quite good," Bonner said. The local dance group, Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective, will also perform a three-part contemporary piece choreographed by Robin Collen, a professor at State University of New York at Potsdam. "They're doing a very beautiful piece," Murray said. "It's quite lovely. I'm so glad to have it in our concert."They do really great, high-quality work."

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