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Velocity plans dance performance

Dickinson's Velocity Yoga and Dance takes the audience on a walk through city streets during its annual dance performance titled "Pavement: Dance On and Off the Street" on Friday, May 30.

Dickinson's Velocity Yoga and Dance takes the audience on a walk through city streets during its annual dance performance titled "Pavement: Dance On and Off the Street" on Friday, May 30.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Dickinson State University Stickney Auditorium, with Alysia Klein as director and choreographer.

The show was inspired by the sights and sounds that Klein experienced during her travels throughout the United States.

"It's a collaboration of everything I've seen and every single city I've been in, and putting it into a show," she said.

The show features the dances performed at recent competitors. A dance titled "Breathe" has won numerous awards, including the Outstanding Choreography Award" and high score overall.

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A hip-hop dance titled "I R Sexy" and a solo titled "Premier Voyageur" won Gold Champion Awards.

The program features performances by the "Jazz Babies." These are people ages 40 and over who are interested in dance and being part of a performance, said Klein.

"I think they're interested in showing people we can do it so can you," she said. I'm trying to deliver quality education for people of all ages. A lot of people in North Dakota need an alternative form of exercise and I'm offering it. It's that hard, it's fun."

Another group of young dancers at the studio is called "The Hardcore Four," a nickname given by Klein because of their dedication to dance.

"These girls are completely and totally dedicated. They are so willing to try new things. They are interested in performing and helping me all the time," she said.

In addition to her studio in Dickinson, Klein travels to Bismarck where she works as a choreographer and teaches hip-hop, jungle and yoga at the Northern Plains Dance Academy.

Klein's senior company at the academy also is performing for the Dickinson show.

"It's a complete collaboration of all my choreography to make one show. It's going to be awesome," said Klein.

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The dance performance is for everyone who wants to be entertained and who wants to see something fresh and new, she said.

"Some of what you see can't be seen anywhere else. The level of professionalism will blow your mind. They've got it. They've pulled it together at a professional level," she said.

Tickets are available at the door.

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