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Who’s who and what’s what in dance this month
Eugene Ballet’s Carmina Burina
Eugene Ballet’s Carmina Burina

DanceAbility International will be featured on OPB’s Oregon Art Beat and the community is welcome to an open house and viewing party 6:30 to 8:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 4, at 576 Olive St., Suite 208, with the segment airing on TV at 8 pm. 

The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance presents Dance 2016, the annual faculty dance concert, Feb. 11-13, featuring Walter Kennedy’s presentation of “Song of the Woman,” a 1983 solo piece by 20th-century modern dance pioneer Bella Lewitzky. Additional performances include Rita Honka’s “Paul’s Peace Piece,” Shannon Mockli’s “What Once was Held” and two works by Brad Garner. All performances start 8 pm in Dougherty Dance Theatre, Gerlinger Annex; $8-$12. 

Eugene Ballet performs Carmina Burana and White Noise at 7:30 pm Feb. 13 and 2 pm Feb. 14 at the Hult Center. Carmina Burana includes 150 performers from Eugene Ballet, Eugene Concert Choir, Orchestra NEXT, Festival Singers and acclaimed soloists Zulimar López-Hernández, Paul Karaitis and Anton Belov. Also on the program, EBC offers White Noise, a bold contemporary ballet by Amy Seiwert, performed to the haunting music of cellist Zoe Keating. The ballet features interactive imagery by Frieder Weiss; $32-$65. Tickets at hultcenter.org. 

And EBC’s annual gala “Table Dances” takes place at the Downtown Athletic Club at 5:30 pm Feb. 20; $125. There will be dinner, wine, dance and prizes. Call EBC at 485-3992 for tickets.

For Collaborations 2016, Feb. 25-27 at Lane Community College, renowned choreographer Heidi Henderson (artistic director, elephant JANE dance and faculty, Connecticut College) returns to set another piece on the Lane Dance Company. The program also features works by Lane Dance alumni Hannah Downs, Patsy Morris, Jana Zahler and Bethany Clemens. LCC dance faculty members Bonnie Simoa, Sarah Nemecek and Anita Sanford will present new work 7:30 pm in the Ragozzino Performance Hall, LCC main campus. Advance tickets are online at lanecc.edu/tickets; $5-$10. 

Ballet Fantastique presents Dragon & The Night Queen: Celtic Stories at the Hult 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, and 2:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 28, featuring live music by Gerry Rempel Ensemble and internationally-renowned Irish musician Eliot Grasso; $28-$58. 

The Oregon Asian Celebration celebrates its 31st anniversary Feb. 20-21 at the Lane Events Center with ongoing performances of traditional dance from around the world; shows run 10 am to 7 pm Saturday and 10 am to 6 pm Sunday. Find a complete schedule of events at asiancelebration.org; $6, free for children 12 and under.  

Dance Northwest and the Lane Dance Program work with Broadway Connection to offer a Musical Theatre Dance Master Class in the style of Book Of Mormon taught by Ian Liberto from 10 am to noon Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Lane Community College Dance Studio; $20-$25. Dancers of all levels, ages 15-plus are invited. For registration information, contact Anita Sanford at dancenorthwest@hotmail.com or 520-3565

Throughout the month, Community Ecstatic Dance classes will benefit the Lane Arts Council. Ecstatic dance is a “free-form movement where we allow our bodies to express without an agenda or concern for aesthetics,” writes class coordinator Mike Meyer. Catch the spirit Sundays 1 to 3 pm at the WOW Hall; $5-$10 suggested donation. 

The Dance With Us Studio offers a First Saturday Dance Feb. 6 at Trinity United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 440 Maxwell Rd. Open social dancing follows a 7 pm Fox Trot lesson. New and experienced dancers, couples and singles welcome; $8. More info at danceeugene.com. 

And this just in: The Northwest Screendance Exposition has expanded its program to include a documentary dance film category and will receive entries through July 1. More info at nwscreendanceexpo.com.