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2008.04.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: : Jaime D. Ishii - University Relations
phone: 402.201.7798 - email: jishii@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Puts Some Swing in Spring

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Music Department wants to teach Omaha how to swing dance by holding a fundraiser with live jazz bands and swing lessons on Friday, April 18.

Swing dance lessons start at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom on campus. UNO Jazz I band, Jazz II band, and "Omaha Prime," a 10-piece student/faculty jazz ensemble will provide the music for the night. The “Omaha Prime” group will be touring Lithuania and Latvia as part of the Omaha Sister City Association program later this month.

“This dance is more than just a entertaining fundraiser, it is a chance for the group to brush up their performance for an audience at home before traveling abroad,” said Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies at UNO. “The event benefits everyone involved.”

Admission for the public is $7, $5 for students with I.D. Proceeds from the dance will help fund the UNO Jazz Band trip to Lithuania. The group is scheduled to leave the next day.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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