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Beyond Boundaries set for winter dance concert in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Attending Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective's winter dance concert could be a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's Day weekend.Performances will be held Feb.. 14-16 at Colorado Mesa University's Mesa Experimental Theatre, an intimate venue that seats no more than 150 people. This season's show will include several contemporary modern dances, as well as tap and jazz pieces. Rachel Krueger, winner of the 2012 Beyond Boundaries scholarship and a CMU dance student, is choreographing a tap musical comedy piece titled "The Chuster Baplin Tea Party" - a play on the names Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Krueger will dance the part of Keaton, and Beyond Boundaries member Kathleen Riskey will perform as Chaplin."It's a really, really cute, hilarious duet," Beyond Boundaries co-founder Liz Vrettos said. After noting "exceptionally good" choreography by Krueger in a previous college performance, the collective decided to give select students the opportunity to choreograph dances for the Beyond Boundaries concerts. "This is the first time we're allowing a student piece," Vrettos said.Krueger, 31, became involved with Beyond Boundaries when she started dancing four-and-a-half years ago."They were my first performance opportunity. Now it's come full circle," with this opportunity to choreograph, she said.Choreographers from across the Grand Valley will be represented at this performance, Vrettos said.February is the American Heart Association's Heart Health Awareness month, and choreographer Rebecca Fleishman has brought back a dance titled "The Last Beat of my Heart," reset with a partially new cast. CMU's newest dance faculty member, Tracey Bonner, has choreographed a tap dance; faculty member Melonie Buchanan Murray is choreographing a ballet pointe solo; Ann Sanders has choreographed a piece titled "Reach" about a community under stress.Guest artist Linda White of Denver has choreographed a new piece with dialog based on experiences of the performers. White performs with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Company in Boulder and is a burlesque dancer at Lannie's Clocktower in Denver.Additional choreographers include Laura Bradley, Analii Cunningham, Julie Sinnott and Connie Monroe.Beyond Boundaries was co-founded in 2005 as a way for dancers in the community to collaborate and continue dancing past college, and throughout their lives. The dance collective offers performances twice a year to raise money for student dance grants.

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