Students and alumni prepare to get down

Students and alumni prepare to get down

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Current and former Lane students practice for the dancing event “Down 4 It” in Building 4 being organized by Lane Instructor Anita Stanford and Dance Northwest as well as 14 other dance companies.
Photo: August Frank
Current and former Lane students practice for the dancing event “Down 4 It” in Building 4 being organized by Lane Instructor Anita Stanford and Dance Northwest as well as 14 other dance companies.Photo: August Frank

Current and former Lane students practice for the dancing event “Down 4 It” in Building 4 being organized by Lane Instructor Anita Stanford and Dance Northwest as well as 14 other dance companies.
Photo: August Frank

Dance styles such as dubstep, hip hop, jazz and more will be included in the tenth annual “Down 4 It” show being held on main campus. Dancers from 14 different dance companies will be performing.

Anita Sanford, Lane instructor and founder of Dance Northwest, has been working on the show with students and alumni all year. She seeks to provide dancers with the opportunity to express themselves. She hopes that they, and all support staff, will have a positive and enriching experience.

Mindy Schmidling, who graduated in 2004, is coming back to Lane to participate in the show. “I love being able to see the new faces coming in and be able to teach them, and give them the experience that I had,” Schmidling said.

For Tamarra White, who graduated in 2005, the sense of community and family sharing in the excitement together is what makes “Down 4 It” important to her.

Included is a section from Janet Jackson’s “All For You” and Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work.” Sanford has dedicated “This Woman’s Work” to her mother who passed away ten years ago. “It was definitely inspired by her and how she influenced me to be the woman I wanted to be, the woman I could be,” she said.

The piece goes deeper for Sanford. “Each individual dancer is putting their own story into it of the women they hope to be, or who inspired them and who continues to inspire them,” she said.

In the past the show has been a benefit concert. Profits have been donated to organizations like “Women’s Space” and “Food for Lane County.” However this year, for the first time, money will be put back into Dance Northwest.

Performance and tickets:

Lane Ragozzino Performance Hall

Saturday, May 9. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

The show is for all ages, however parental discretion is advised due to some language and material that may not be suitable for all ages. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1437938

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