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Bethel College to host Dance Festival

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College Dance Ensemble will host a Dance Festival April 25 and 26 to celebrate National Dance Week. A dance concert, contra dance and dance competition are scheduled for the festival. "Dancing is a great way to have fun and get exercise. It's also a way for us to learn about other peoples and cultures. The intent of this festival is to raise the visibility of dance in our local community," says Bethel College dance instructor Tiffany Jefferson.

Bethel College Dance Ensemble will present a dance concert at 7 p.m., Friday, April 25 in Memorial Hall at Bethel College, North Newton.

Bethel performers include freshman Kara M. Schmidt from North Newton and Janelle Steiner from Albany, Ore.; sophomores Bethany Amstutz from Goessel and Leah Larson from Clay Center; juniors Sara Flaming from Newton, Lauren Gillis from Colorado Springs, Colo., and Maria Tschetter from Freeman, S.D.

A contra dance in Memorial Hall will follow the dance concert. Admission to the concert and dance is $5 for adults, $3 for students. Children under 12 will be admitted with no charge.

A dance competition will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26 in Memorial Hall. Competitions will be held in the following categories: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern and clogging. The public is invited to participate. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children. Children under 12 will be admitted with no charge.

Wichita State University dance classes will also perform on Friday. Newton Dance Center will participate on Friday and Saturday.

"It's my dream that we can turn this festival into an annual event at Bethel College," Jefferson says. Founded in 1981 by several national dance organizations, National Dance Week began as a way to motivate the public to participate in dance.

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