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PDE alumni Anabel Tucker supported by PDE member Avery Osborn

Pacific Dance Ensemble is gearing up for its 33rd annual benefit auction and free performance, “Dances from the Heart,” which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10, in Newport.

This year’s show will feature choreography by guest artist Catherine Ross from Portland and ensemble alumni Cecily Wechter, Erika Sugrue, Anabel Tucker and Kurt Danna as well as new choreography from current ensemble members. An exciting new element of the show will be dance films and video produced by the guest choreographer and alumni.

Pacific Dance Ensemble founder Nancy Mittleman said the group’s members and alumni offer their choreography and performances as a gift to the community, in heartfelt recognition of all the support they have received.

Contributions received at the show as well as proceeds from the benefit auction help the ensemble bring cultural enrichment to the community at large through exchange programs, lecture demonstrations for schools and commissioning guest artists as well as bringing performances to the stage at the Newport Performing Arts Center

“The arts and dance, especially those involving youth, readily transcend barriers of language and culture,” Mittleman said, “and serve to promote a sense of global understanding and well-being”

The ensemble is currently seeking donations for the silent auction. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact auction coordinator Michele Thompson at 541-961-5203.

“Dances from the Heart” will take place at 7 pm on Saturday, Feb. 9, and again at 2 pm on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive.

For more information, call 541-265-ARTS.

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