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2009.04.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Sarah Casey - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: sk.casey@yahoo.com

UNO Department of Music To Host Big Band Swing Dance on April 17

Omaha - The smooth sounds of Jazz and the echoes of swift feet dancing in time to live music will come together on Friday, April 17, for the Big Band Swing Dance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The dance takes place in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom, with lessons at 6:30 p.m. taught by Marty Hebert from UNO's Recreation Department. Live music and dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. featuring performances by UNO's award-winning Jazz Ensembles. In addition, Omaha Public School (OPS) 5th graders under the instruction of Hebert will present a dance demonstration The 5th graders are part of the Saturday Scholarship class sponsored by the UNO Moving Company and ARTery. The ARTery is a non-profit Organization funded entirely by private donations that provides classes on social etiquette through the art of dance in the public schools.

Admission at the door is $7 for the general public and $5 for students. All proceeds will go towards the UNO Jazz Ensembles tour to the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival later this month.

"Sometimes you just have to give into the music, throw inhibition to the wind, pick up your feet and dance," said Peter Madsen, associate Trombone Professor and director of Jazz Studies at UNO. "What better way to feel the music from your head to your toes than to swing dance?"

The dance is sponsored by the UNO Department of Music. Refreshments will be available courtesy of UNO's band service fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. For more information about the dance or the UNO Jazz Ensembles, contact Peter Madsen at (402) 554-2297 or petermadsen@unomaha.edu .

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes 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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