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Dramatic Influence returns Maori culture to UMW

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A New Zealand Maori performance art group will be visiting Dillon and the University of Montana Western from Oct. 8 to 10, 2010 with a public performance on Friday, Oct. 8. UMW NEWS BUREAU A New Zealand Maori performance art group will be visiting Dillon and the University of Montana Western from Oct. 8 to 10, 2010 with a public performance on Friday, Oct. 8. The group, Dramatic Influence, is comprised of four teachers and eight Maori youth from ages eight to 24. The group will present a mix of traditional Maori dance as well as hip-hop and other contemporary dance. The performances will carry a positive message focusing on four major themes: “being proud of who you are; the importance of education; dream big, and follow your dreams; and avoiding substance abuse and unhealthy choices.” On Friday, Oct. 8, Dramatic Influence will present a cultural show and tell for children in Montana Western’s Rural Fridays program from 1 to 1:45 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. the entire group will perform in Montana Western’s STC Great Room. The public is invited to this free event. Dance workshops will also be given on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Oct. 9 and 10. E-mail for times and places. Dramatic Influence is a continuation of last year’s Maori performances at Montana Western. In November and December 2009, New Zealanders Robin and Chanelle Casey spent seven weeks at Montana Western teaching traditional Maori dance to the UMW Polynesian Club. Their stay concluded with three performances in UMW’s Beier Auditorium.
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