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4/25/2003 Linfield dancers showcase student choreography

McMINNVILLE – Graceful and volatile, joyful and somber, to music and in silence, they move across the floor, a living canvas for the artist's vision.

Linfield College dancers will take the stage in Melrose Auditorium May 9 and 10 for "Spine Envy." Both shows begin at 8 p.m. and admission is free to the public. The performance will feature six student-choreographed pieces and two pieces choreographed by Michele Ainza, Portland dancer and Linfield’s dance instructor.

For the 13 members of Linfield’s dance ensemble, the performance is a culmination and expression of their creative efforts.

"Dance is an outlet for stresses of everyday life and an outlet to express happiness or any other emotion," Megan Kennedy, one of the show’s two student producers, said. "(The dance ensemble) has been working hard all semester to put together a high-quality show that will be enjoyable for everyone."

The show is run by Linfield’s dance ensemble under Ainza’s guidance. According to Katherine Mills, the show’s other producer, preparing for the show is a group effort, both on and off stage. In addition to choreographing and performing, students are in charge behind the scenes as well.

"It all adds up to hours of blood, sweat and tears that we've all put towards two nights of amazing dancing," said Mills. "It takes a lot of cooperation and hard work from every cast member. The students organize everything, set it up, hold the rehearsals, publicize the show and put together pretty much everything."

For more information contact Leanna Prax at (503) 883-5092 or