UMF dancers to perform Nov. 11

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FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington’s UMF Dancers will perform their 2008 Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Nordica Auditorium in UMF’s Merrill Hall. The presentation will feature eight original, student-created dances set to Irish step dance tunes and uilleann pipe music, the characteristic national bagpipe music of Ireland.

UMF Dancers’ creative work explores the integration of the body, mind and spirit. (UMF photo)

The concert is inspired by Thomas E. Coughlin’s novel “Miss O’Malley’s Maine Summer,” the story of a young Irish woman who travels to Wells, Maine, for summer work to help her family purchase a house in Ireland. The young woman’s experiences with happiness and heartbreak as a stranger in America provide the backdrop for the dancers’ improvisational performances.

Under the direction of Margaret Gould Wescott, artistic director, the UMF Dancers this year include: Rebecca Douin, Manchester; Shantelle Forgue, Pittsfield; Katie Rose Gergosian, Topsham; Elena Kohout, Farmington; Rebecca LaRovera, Kingfield; Kristin Lewis, Lincoln, N.H.; Shelly Meservey, Farmington; and Chrissy Miner, Gorham.

The UMF Dancers is a post-modern, improvisational dance company committed to creating classes, dances, performances and lecture demonstrations around themes of race, social class and gender. The group’s creative work explores the integration of the body, mind and spirit.

Tickets for the Winter Concert are available at the door the night of the performance and are $5 for the general public and free for UMF students with student I.D.

For more information, please contact Margaret Gould Wescott, UMF Dancers artistic director, at 207-778-7141, or

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