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Dance Residency honors Keenan

Basalt Middle School will be hosting its third annual week-long Dance Residency from Nov. 11 to 14.

This year the Dance Residency is being conducted for all girls physical education students in remembrance of Kate Keenan, a former student who died in 2000. Her parents, Bob and Susan Keenan of Basalt, have chosen to use part of the donations given to the Kate Keenan Memorial Fund to sponsor this year’s Dance Residency.

“Kate loved to dance. She loved music, dance, and all the creative arts,” said Susan Keenan. “She started dancing at age 3 and was a member of Basalt Dancers, a group taught by Gwen Smith.”

During the week, students will be working with professional dancers Teri English and Kim Lang from High Performance Dance Theatre of Fort Collins. This school year the company will be teaching at six schools and in all three communities in the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District.

BMS students will share their newly choreographed dance pieces with the community at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the BMS Auditorium. Close friends and classmates of Kate will be participating in the performance, too, by interspersing oral memories about Kate’s life between dances; the public is invited to attend.

Information: Ann English, 384-5407.

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