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Courtesy Photos by Jessica Aparicio Alysse Charlesworth strikes a dance pose for Jessica Aparicio's senior art exhibition. Charlesworth will be dancing with the Form and Fusion Dance Co. spring performance.

DSU's Form and Fusion a collection of expressions through dance

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DSU's Form and Fusion a collection of expressions through dance
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The Dickinson State University Forum and Fusion Dance Co. will present its annual spring performance May 4 and 5. The program is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Dorothy Stickney Auditorium.

"This is a culmination of basically a year's worth of work," artistic director Pattie Carr said.

DSU offers a dance minor. However, students do not need to pursue the degree in order to dance.

The company consists of 17 dancers with a nearly equal number of men and women.

The performances range from lyrical and hip hop to jazz and a performance art piece, Carr said.

"It's a very solid show," Carr said. "We have happy dances on one end and a very tragic art performance piece on the other. I've been really pleased with the people who have choreographed the pieces. It all contributes to a pretty exciting show."

Carr appreciates the support of the community over the last 13 years.

"We've had tremendous support," she said.

Jessica Aparicio is the show's student director and a performer.

She is majoring in elementary education with a minor in dance. This is her third year with Form and Fusion.

"My job is to help make the decisions about rehearsals or to help with costuming," Aparicio said.

She is helping choreograph five dances, including a company piece dedicated to the support of equality of gays and lesbians.

Aparicio also blended her interest in dance and art into a senior art exhibition. She took photos of dancers for display at the DSU Art Gallery.

She described this year's dance company as a young group.

"It's been an adjustment to get to know everyone again -- we've worked well together and have all become a new dance family."

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors; and $6 for adults. For tickets, call 701-483-2154 or at the door.

Linda Sailer
(701) 456-1209