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Annual spring dance concert this weekend in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - There are new things happening in Colorado Mesa University's annual spring dance concert, presented Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.For starters, the show will include dance pieces paired with the spoken word, artistic director Tracy Bonner said. Also, a performer will tap dance while singing pop songs - "it's quite challenging," Bonner said.And, some works will include a video backdrop, she added.The concert will include the works of two students - Rachel Krueger and Sarah Bullock - plus 10 faculty pieces. Two of the pieces are by Bonner, "one of which is a study of humanity in a raw performance environment, exploring how movement and spoken text can overlap," according to a CMU news release.The dance department's artist-in-residence Justin Keats will perform a solo number. In another piece, the artist-in-residence will dance alongside students. Keats is a recent graduate of the University of California and was recently a dancer aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. "We're really lucky to have him," Bonner said. Keats will also perform choreographed pieces by guest artists Andrew Pearson and Natalie Johnson. Johnson will dance with Keats in a duet she choreographed for her company, NatalieInMotion.CMU dance faculty Melonie Buchanan Murray has choreographed a "contemporary pointe piece inspired by Foucault's theories on discipline and power." Additional choreography will be presented by adjunct professor Connie Monroe and Beyond Boundaries Collective member Laura Bradley.Tickets are available by calling the box office at 970-248-1604, or online at

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