The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company comes to Minden |

The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company comes to Minden

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Utah’s internationally renowned Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will bring its 50th anniversary tour to the stage of the CVIC Hall on Nov. 1.

The performance starts at 7 p.m., and is sponsored by the Carson Valley Arts Council as part of its 2013-2014 concert series.

The company fuses the power of theatre and dance with their vivid style and stunning technique. For nearly 50 years, they have earned a worldwide reputation for creating and performing the best contemporary dance. Led by Artistic Director, Daniel Charon, the company has dedicated itself to making dance accessible to audiences of all ages.

The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, from Salt Lake City, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a national tour.

Founded by Joan Woodbury and Shirley Ririe, the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company has become a Utah institution and is recognized as a successful modern dance company combining formal performances and community residencies. Ririe-Woodbury first gained national recognition through the National Endowment’s Artists in Schools and Dance Touring Programs.

In 2013, Charon joined Ririe-Woodbury as artistic director. Charon has been based in New York since 1995 and has worked with such prestigious companies as Limón Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, Dance Kaleidoscope and Doug Elkins and Friends. In 2003 the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance selected Ririe-Woodbury as the dance company to house the works of modern dance innovator Alwin Nikolais.

Ririe-Woodbury is known for its diligent work in the education system of Utah including “Step Lively,” a statewide program aimed at assisting classroom teachers in meeting the objectives of the Utah Fine Arts Core Curriculum.

Charon will be joined by Ririe-Woodbury dancer’s Brad Beakes, Bashaun Williams, Yebel Gallegos, Mary Lyn Graves, Alexandra Jane Bradshaw, and Tara Roszeen McArthur.

A dance workshop is 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 2 at the CVIC Hall. The class will be taught by the Ririe-Woodbury dancers. The workshop will include instruction in modern dance techniques and hip hop/jazz for students in dance studios and in elementary education dance courses. The hands-on workshop provides an opportunity for dance students ages 10 to 25 to work closely with professional dancers. Workshop size is limited to 30 students.

Concert tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door and students and children with ID are $5. The dance workshop is $20, or $25 for both performance and workshop.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at CVAC by calling 782-8207, online at http://www.cvartscouncil, or at the door the evening of the performance.

Reservations for the dance workshop can be made by mail, online or by calling the CVAC office by Oct. 25.