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DANCE | Dance/Strasser and Bharata UTSAV

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Dance students have a few advantages over the average academic crowd. They have workshops and rehearsals instead of writing assignments and recitations. They can work out to relieve stress and be doing their work at the same time. They also get to display their final projects to eager and excited audiences — which can't exactly be said for research papers and blue book exams. This week, you have two opportunities to see what local dance students have been working on throughout the school year.

The DANCE/Strasser show at SUNY Brockport features select choreography from undergraduate and graduate students in the college's Department of Dance. Each dance comes to the stage after a rigorous process of faculty critiquing and judging. The show features "Clean This Up and Tie a Pretty Bow on it," an MFA thesis from grad student Elizabeth Osborn, as well as Justin Bass' "Vibe," Christine Benincasa's "Prism Dream Fragments," and several other duets and group dances. DANCE/Strasser runs at 7:30 p.m. nightly from Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6, in the Rose L. Strasser Studio in the campus' Hartwell Hall (Kenyon Street, Brockport). Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff, and $8 for students, and can be purchased at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office on campus or by calling 395-2787. For more information, go to brockport.edu/finearts.

Students at the Bharata School of Indian Dance and Music will present the 12th annual UTSAV recital on Sunday, April 7. This year's recital features "Rhythm of the Bells," a selection of Indian classical dance and fusion performances, and Salangai Pooja, the annual presentation of works from Bharata's graduating students. The recital starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 N. Plymouth Ave.). Tickets are $20 for premium seats, $15 for regular admission, $12 for students, and free for children 5 and under. For more information on the Bharata school and the UTSAV recital, visit bharataarts.com.

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