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Dancing Beyond Boundaries in Grand Junction

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WHAT: Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective’s 2013 Summer Dance Concert

WHERE: Mesa Experimental Theatre, Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University

WHEN: Thursday, July 11; Friday, July 12; Saturday, July 13; 7:30 p.m.

COST: $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 students

INFO: lbradley@coloradomesa.edu or beyondboundariesdance.com

A unique acrobatic work will be among the varied dance pieces featured in Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective’s annual summer concert July 11-13. This performance will be held at the Mesa Experimental Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University.

Members of the Acro Yoga group including Liz Vrettos, Christopher Lepisto, DeeAnna Christensen, Laura Bradley and Aimee Bates have created a dance around several balancing poses where one person is in the air as the “flyer” while the other person, the “base” provides support.

“It takes a lot of strength, trust and learning to work together,” Beyond Boundaries co-founder Vrettos said. “It’s about balancing and posture work.”

Founded in 2005, the dance collective holds concerts twice a year to raise money for Colorado Mesa University dance students to attend dance workshops.

This year’s recipient, AJ Labrum, will perform two duets in three different dances, all choreographed by members of the Beyond Boundaries artistic committee.

“They’re just spectacular duets,” Vrettos said. “He’s a very strong dancer.”

Labrum will also perform in “So Long Enough,” a piece choreographed by Bradley, featuring five other CMU students in a suite of duets incorporating the poetry of CMU English instructor Carol Christ.

The concert will include about 20 dancers performing tap, funky jazz and classical modern dance.

Additional choreographers include Rebecca Fleishman, Trevor Adams and Vretttos, as well as recent CMU graduates Gabriele Cahill, Rachel Krueger and Sarah Bullock.

Guest artist Sally Clements has prepared an “upbeat quintet” work featuring five female dancers.

“Sally has been in previous shows of ours; she’s danced in San Francisco. Her piece is modern, very interesting and athletic,” Vrettos said.

Located in the Moss Performing Arts Center, the Mesa Experimental Theatre is an intimate venue seating 150. Tickets are available at the door, by cash or check only. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. For more information, visit http://www.beyondboundariesdance.com.

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