Dancer will perform to conclude EPHS visit

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Dancing People Company, the Rogue Valley’s premiere modern dance company, has been involved in a dynamic dance residency program at Eagle Point High School for the first time, from Feb.12-27. During this intensive training period, DPC’s professional dance artists have been “living” at the school, where they  teach dance to Theatre Arts classes, choreograph and rehearse an original dance with a select group of students, and provide a lecture-demonstration that reveals the process of dance making for the entire student body. The two-week dance immersion culminates with a performance at the school’s theater, open to the general public.

The Dancing People Company performance is at 7:30 p.m. at the high school on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27. Tickets are $10, $8 for students/seniors, and are available at the door on the night of the show. Families of four or more receive one free student price ticket. More information is available online at www.dancingpeople.com or at 541-488-9683.

performance will be comprised of several pieces featuring DPC’s professional company, and choreographed by Artistic Directors Robin Stiehm and Peggy Paver. Students will perform in one piece with the professional company. The program includes work that is exhilarating, thought-provoking and highly entertaining, with something to appeal to every taste.

The High School Residency Project grew out of DPC’s deep conviction that dance education provides a learning experience like no other. Realizing the state of public education funding, DPC’s directors, Robin Stiehm and Peggy Paver, took it upon themselves to raise private funds to support the unique learning methods that dance fosters.

During the teaching residency, students learn basic elements of dance and choreography. They are taken on an adventure of cooperation, problem-solving and communication, with movement as their tool. By the end of the two weeks, students have gained a deep and lasting understanding of the expressive power of movement. The fruits of this knowledge can be witnessed in the performance at the workshop’s end.

Dancing People Company (DPC) is a professional modern dance company founded in Minnesota in 1994 and relocated to Ashland in 2003. DPC provides high quality dance performances, classes, workshops and residencies that illustrate and communicate our shared human experience. DPC has performed throughout Oregon, Minnesota and at international festivals in Europe.

The company has built a strong reputation in the Pacific Northwest for presenting high-quality, innovative modern dance that appeals to a wide variety of audiences. DPC is well-known for their annual Winter Solstice production, their intimate “Salon Series” and their dance school located at 310 Oak Street, Ashland.

The Eagle Point High School Residency Project is made possible by support from The Carpenter Foundation, Trust Management Services, Jackson County Cultural Coalition, the Utzen Foundation and US Bank.

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