Dance 1-2-3’ event to raise funds for the Regional Cancer Center

Rachel Sobina, Staff Writer

If you enjoy an evening packed with a great dance performance, prizes and fun, then ‘Dance 1-2-3’ is just the ticket.
This spectacular event will feature some fantastic and talented dancers from around the word.
Tauna Hunter, dance department chair, professor of dance and director of this spectacular event, is a seven-year breast cancer survivor herself and feels very passionate about raising awareness.
“This weekend is my way of bringing forward Brest Cancer Awareness. We will be partnering with the Regional Cancer Center Foundation and offering a Tribute to Cancer Awareness that I feel will be a very powerful moment for both performers and audience members,” Hunter said.
Hunter has been with the university for 22 years. She began her dance training with Willam F. Christensen and continued at the University of Utah where she earned B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in ballet performance and choreography.
During her affiliation with Ballet West, she worked under the guidance of Bruce Marks and Toni Lander and received critical acclaim as one of the company’s leading ballerinas.
She toured internationally and danced as a guest artist with numerous regional companies throughout the United States.
In 1985, she co-founded DANSOURCE, a national networking and information service that connected dancers and companies for over ten years.
Hunter has taught for companies, universities and private schools throughout the United States. She has staged numerous full-length classical ballets and choreographed over twenty-five contemporary works.
In 2010, she was honored with the Chautauqua Artist Teacher Award and highlighted in Dance Teacher Magazine.
This gala event will be going on Nov. 6 through 8, in the PAC. Performances will be held Friday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Nov. 8, at 2 p.m.
Audience members will be offered a unique chance to meet and speak with the dancers after the Friday and Saturday night performances. Saturday’s performance will also offer an “after-performance” disco party themed “Dress-Up Disco Dance” until midnight with a DJ, prizes and other activities.