F.A.B. Winter Dance Showcase coming to Franco Center on March 1

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LEWISTON — “This year’s lineup in the ninth annual ‘F.A.B.’ Winter Dance Showcase is a testament to the health and diversity of Maine’s contemporary dance community,” said Carol Dilley, an organizer of the event and director of the Bates College dance program.

“F.A.B.” takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St. The event is produced in association with Bates by the Franco Center. “F.A.B.” stands for Franco-American and Bates.

“F.A.B.” aims to bring the mid-Maine dance audience together with artists from around the region. Visually stunning and kinetically mesmerizing, this event energizes Lewiston’s most beautiful auditorium with a kaleidoscope of dance styles.

Performers from as far away as Connecticut and as close as Bates are taking part in the event. With eight new names on the roster joining six “F.A.B.”

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Also new this year is a project near and dear to the mission of the Franco Center. With the goal of creating a piece integrating jazz dance and Franco-American dance, Cindy Larock, well-known in the Twin Cities and beyond as a folk dance advocate, is working with Debi Irons of Art Moves in Norway, Maine. Irons is a dancer, educator and choreographer.

“The piece reaches across boundaries to bring dancers together in a joint endeavor,” Dilley said. “Through this collaboration we have discovered shared interests, favorite musicians and generations of dancers all enjoying dancing together.”

Extending the Franco-American theme, the evening concludes with a traditional “kitchen party,” a celebration with food, dance and music. All are welcome to stay after the show for refreshments and dancing to the live music by members of the Great Falls Community Folk Orchestra.

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 in cash for students. Tickets are available at the box office from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; by telephone at 207-689-2000; or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/484808.

For more information, visit www.francocenter.org/events/76/f-a-b-winter-dance-showcase/.

The complete list of dance presenters for “F.A.B.” 2014:

Amanda Hamp and Annie Kloppenberg, Colby College; Dirigo Dance, Indidancworks, Meredith Lyons, the Maine Dance Project and Collective Motion, all of Portland; Cindy Larock, members of the Great Falls Community Folk Orchestra and members of the Bates College Dance Company, all of Lewiston; Shawn Hove, Connecticut College; Debi Irons and Charlaine Katsuyoshi, Norway, Maine; Neveah Company, Oxford Hills Stripwrecked Burlesque, Westbrook Hio Ridge Dance Collective, Denmark, Maine.

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