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Student ballet troupe presents 'Debut' concert

Thursday through Saturday, May 7-9, 2009, 8 p.m. Frist Film and Performance Theater

Princeton University Ballet, a student dance group, will present its first spring concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 7-9, in the Frist Film and Performance Theater.

The concert, titled "Debut," will include pieces from classical ballet repertory and showcase original choreography by University graduate and undergraduate students. The event also will feature the premiere performance of a contemporary ballet piece by dancer-choreographer Mary Barton of the American Repertory Ballet and the Princeton Ballet School.

In addition, dancers will perform two pieces, "Nocturne" and "Tarantella," choreographed by Nancie Woods, artistic director of the Center Dance Company in Arlington, Va., who will work with the company.

Princeton University Ballet was established as a student organization in spring 2008 by current University juniors Virginia Byron and Elizabeth Rosen. The group is the only student performance troupe at Princeton dedicated to ballet.

The program for the concert was selected by the group's leadership: Byron and Rosen, president and vice president, respectively; sophomore Alexis Branagan, founding artistic director; and sophomore Meghan Todt, assistant artistic director.

Tickets are available online through University Ticketing or by calling (609) 258-1742, and at the Frist box office from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are $8 for senior citizens and University students, faculty and staff with a TigerCard ID; $10 for the general public; and free for University students with a "Passport to the Performing Arts" voucher.

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