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UGA dance department to host annual Community Dance Day Oct. 26

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s department of dance will present its fifth annual Community Dance Day celebration Oct. 26 starting at 1:30 p.m. in the dance building on UGA’s South Campus.

The afternoon of free events is aimed at sharing the joy of dance with the university and Athens community.

Community Dance Day 2014 will feature folk and circle dance session classes for children and adults as well as demos, talks and a closing reception. Concurrent offerings include classes in ballroom dance, ballet, creative modern dance and hip-hop for youth and exercises in modern technique and fundamental movement awareness-known as Bartenieff fundamentals-for the novice adult.

The event will feature a class and discussion session with Mary Claire Mixon, a dance teacher at Cedar Shoals High School, and Michelle Arington, a certified nutrition counselor with Thrive Integrative Medicine, on nutrition and healthy eating habits for teen and college age dancers. An outdoor reception will begin at 4:15 p.m.

“We are so pleased to host our fifth annual Community Dance Day celebration,” said Rebecca Gose, an associate professor of dance and Community Dance Day founder and coordinator. “This year we hope to appeal to all kinds of dancers and movers of all kinds, as well as our dance patrons of the Athens and UGA community, joining with UGA dance students to celebrate the joy and enrichment that dance can bring to our lives.”

Parking in surface lots adjacent to the dance building is free on the day of the event. Additional paid parking is available in the South Campus parking deck. Space for this free event is limited. To pre-register, see

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