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February 15, 2000


LA CROSSE, Wis.—River North Dance Company cultivates and promotes Chicago’s unique wealth of jazz dance talent as it performs at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theatre on Wednesday Mar. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

River North Dance Company was the subject of an Emmy-winning television special, "Reality of a Dreamer" in 1993 and, as a result, has been seen by over one million viewers across the United States.

Described as "Chicago’s next big export" by DANCE Magazine and "funny, mystical, poignant, inexplicable, and sexy" by The Arizona Republic, River North Dance Company is choreography at its best. Under the leadership of Artistic Directors Sherry Zunker Dow and Frank Chaves they have remained committed to taking jazz dance to new creative heights.  The Company presents a unique fusion of jazz, modern, and theatrical dance set to some of the most recognizable music of this century.  The repertory features works by Chaves and Zunker Dow, as well as established and emerging choreographers Sam Watson, Randy Duncan, Ashley Roland, and Harrison McEldowney.

In addition to its Bright Star Season performance, River North Dance Company will be doing two performances for school children called "Street Beat," a dance retrospective through the last century.  Street Beat has been performed for thousands of students around the country.  The group believes that by becoming an influential part of the communities it visits, it can inspire audiences of all ages to appreciate and support the art of dance.

River North Dance Company is a Heartland Arts Fund program.  The Heartland Arts Fund is a collaborative venture of Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, their member state arts agencies (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin) with primary funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from private contributors.

This event is sponsored by Dayton’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities. It is also supported, in part, by a grant the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets are $27 and $21.  For tickets, or more information, contact the Viterbo Box Office at (608)-796-3100.

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