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Two UW-Eau Claire Dancers
To Present ‘A Dancer Within’

 MAILED:  March 19, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Two students in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire dance minor program will present their senior capstone dance recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 4, in the Kjer Theatre. Anna-Lisa Bjorklund, Lindstrom, Minn., and Kristin Warner, Eagan, Minn., will present “A Dancer Within.”

"The title, ‘A Dancer Within,’ portrays how important a part of our lives dance has been for the past twenty years,” Warner said. “Dance is our ultimate passion and we wanted that represented in the title of our capstone concert.”

Five pieces will be performed in the first half of the recital. Bjorklund, Warner and Bre Poliak, Prescott, choreographed and will be performing “Freebird” along with three other dancers. Kate Brown, Waupaca, and Warner choreographed “Days Still Left” and will perform the dance with 12 others. Bjorklund will perform the solo piece “Rhythm Tap,” which she choreographed with contributions from Idella Reed and Joe Chvala. Reed is a founding member and the artistic director of “Rhythm Iss…,” a female tap trio, and one of Chicago’s most sought after tap instructors. Chvala is the founder and artistic director of the Flying Foot Forum based in Minneapolis.

Both Bjorklund and Warner will perform “Sachen Des Lebens,” which they choreographed, with eight other dancers. The piece is about a boy who struggles with his inability to face life’s issues. “Perpetuations,” by guest choreographer Allen Fields, shows the evolution of ballet from the court ballrooms to the stage. Fields is the artistic director of the Minnesota Ballet.

The second half of the recital includes four pieces. Bjorklund and Warner choreographed “Spec’tap’ular” and will perform the dance with 18 other dancers. “Tribute to Michael Jeffrey Noll” was choreographed and will be danced by Poliak and Warner. With contributions from Chvala and Brit Naslund, Brooklyn Park, Minn., Bjorklund choreographed “Acappella Tap,” which she will perform along with four other dancers. Bjorklund and Warner will perform the final dance, “Chair Dance,” choreographed by Ernest “Ernie” Brown and Reggio McLaughlin. McLaughlin, better known as “Reggio the Hoofer,” teaches tap dance at the Old Town School of Folk Music and is a Chicago tap icon.

The event is free and open to the public.

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