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Eugene Ballet Company hosts the Sept. 7 “Ballet, Beer & Barre-BQ Bash,” a benefit with barbecue, refreshments, outdoor games (including a pointe shoe toss), dance performances and new company members Brian Ruiz, Jun Tanabe and Kaori Fukui introducing the 2014-2015 season, which kicks off with Cinderella, joined by OrchestraNEXT, Oct 25-26 at the Hult. Contact Karen Warner, 485-3992, or for tickets.

In the spirit of EW’s second annual Dance issue, we’d like to introduce a new monthly dance column, The Spin. Compiled and written by EW contributing writer, dancer and dance instructor Rachael Carnes, The Spin will begin in September and include a roundup of local dance news and events. Please contact Carnes with any tidbits at Here’s a little preview: The hip-hop and jazz Work! Dance Company, featured in 2013’s Dance issue, is holding open auditions 6 pm Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 at the Eugene YMCA; visit for details. Work! Dance Director Nathan Boozer says that the company must replace seven dancers who have moved away or graduated this summer. With the next show, Mechanical Dancer: Reinvention in early 2015, Boozer hopes to surpass the $1,000 they raised for Greenhill Humane Society with 2014’s Animal Instinct at the Hult. 

Flex Studios, a multi-dance studio run by Angela Dunham and Lindsey Shields, offers scholarships and is “establishing a new non-profit branch of Flex Studios for our low-income families and our DANCapable program for youth through adult dancers.” 

Cozmic presents an event Aug. 16 by Fusion Friendly, a group of avant-garde dancers (think belly dance, hip hop, hoopers, contortionists and jugglers), who also put on workshops. Contact for info. 

Ballet Fantastique has announced the theme for its 2014-2015 season: Quest. The season begins with the “5×5” gala, a performance and celebration of five years at the Hult Oct. 10 followed by the premieres of An American Christmas Carol (with music by Halie Loren) in December, The Odyssey: The Ballet in February and more.

In other arts news, the city of Eugene and the team behind Eugene Fashion Week bring back a summer favorite, the fifth annual Summer in the City “Sidewalk to Catwalk” Wednesay, Aug. 13, at the Hult Center. Vending begins at 5:30 pm, with music and dance from Crossroads Blues Fusion Dancing at 6 pm; runway show begins at 7:30 pm.  “It gets better every year,” says Laura Lee Laroux of Eugene Fashion Week. “We had a lot of new models come out. There will be a lot of fresh faces on the runway.” Fresh faces and fresh designers; there will be 10 collections hitting the catwalk including lines by newcomers Make Me by Rebecca Welton and Upsmart by Mitra Chester and St. Vincent de Paul.