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Back to Buffalo 3: The UB Dance Alumni All-Star Concert to be Presented Sept. 24

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: August 29, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at University at Buffalo will present Back to Buffalo 3: The UB Dance Alumni All-Star Concert on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Drama Theatre in the Center for the Arts, UB North Campus. The performance is sponsored by the UB Alumni Association.

The Center for the Arts' Dance Residency Outreach Program brings professional dance companies into area schools for workshops, demonstrations and performances. Since 1997, more than a dozen professional visiting artists have provided more than 20,000 students with free dance performances and workshops. In addition, the Dance Residency helps attract prospective students and affords UB dance majors the opportunity to take part in master classes with international professional artists. This program allows the center to give back to the community while helping UB's Department of Theatre and Dance provide its students with amazing experiences and connections in the performing arts.

Following well-received performances in 2009 and 2010, the Center for the Arts is pleased to announce Back to Buffalo 3, featuring another eclectic group of accomplished alumni. All proceeds from the performance will benefit the spring 2012 dance residency at the UB Center for the Arts.

Currently scheduled to perform:

-- Rich Ashworth (Chicago Tap Theater)

-- Megan Castlevetere (Stiletto Entertainment/Holland America and a Buffalo native)

-- Kristen Danga (Disney, YOW Dance and a Buffalo native)

-- Teal Darkenwald (faculty, East Carolina University and Magnus Midwest)

-- Jenny Laroche (Rockette -- The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, TV/film)

-- Meghen Squires McKinley (Convergence Dance Theater)

-- Leanne Rinelli (choreographer, adjunct professor at Buffalo State College)

-- Jason Stotz (Missouri Contemporary Ballet)

-- Jessica Wolfrum (River North Chicago) (*Buffalo, NY native)

In addition, UB's Zodiaque Dance Company will perform a piece choreographed by UB alum Jon Lehrer, founder and artistic director of LehrerDance.

The Alumni will be teaching master classes on Sunday, Sept. 25. Visit http://www.ubcfa.org for registration details.

Tickets for Back to Buffalo 3: The UB Dance Alumni All-Star Concert are $26.50 general admission and $11.50 for students (any school). Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and all Ticketmaster locations, including ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets, call 1-800-745-3000; in Canada, call 416-870-8000. For group sales, call 716-645-6771. For more information call 716-645-2787.