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June is just around the corner

// Dance Theatre Northwest gears up for a busy summer

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Dancers at Dance Theatre Northwest are gearing up for a busy summer. Starting in June, you’ll see them dancing/prancing down Bridgeport Way in bear costumes during the City’s annual Duck Daze Parade on June 4. Why bear costumes? They are there to remind everyone that soon hundreds of bears will be descending on the Curran Apple Orchard for the 3rd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic, July 17.

Ever wonder what goes into choreographing an event at the Museum of Glass? Artistic Director Melanie Kirk Stauffer of DTNW begins her journey with a trip to the museum to observe and study the latest exhibits by renowned glass artists. She loves them all but admits to having her favorites. Taking notes about the pieces and the artists, she turns them into the inspirations that become the dance performances. Pairing the glass pieces with music and color and costumes, audiences will be drawn into the artistic dances from a new perspective. Mark your calendars for this special and spectacular event at Tacoma’s premier Museum of Glass on June 11.

June will end with the annual Summer Recital at Mt. Tahoma High School on June 25. The next day some of the dancers, along with Melanie, will board a plane for New York City for an educational and intense week of training with New York City’s top schools including the Joffrey Ballet.

Summer performance and Activity Schedule:

Art Inspires Art

June 11, 2 p.m.

Museum of Glass

Free with museum admission

Annual School Recital

June 25

Mt. Tahoma High School

Educational Arts and Dance Trip

June 26

New York City, NY

3rd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic

July 17, 1-4 p.m.

Curran Apple Orchard

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