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Jan. 31, 2006

Rennie Harris Puremovement Energized School Groups, Jan. 20 In Hancher

The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium was filled with whoops, cheers and rhythmic clapping when Rennie Harris Puremovement presented a matinee lecture/demonstration on the history and styles of hip-hop dancing on Jan. 20. By the end of the hour, more than two-dozen students were on stage to take their own star turns.

The event, which was attended by more than 1,400 eastern Iowa students, was part of the Stage Door series, presented for school groups by Hancher's education program.

Rennie Harris Puremovement transplants the gravity-defying twists, turns and seemingly effortless acrobatics of urban street dance to the concert stage. Citypaper in his hometown of Philadelphia concluded, "If Rennie Harris Puremovement were any hotter, it would incinerate before your eyes."

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Total students attending: 1,426

CEDAR RAPIDS: Cedar Rapids Home School Assistance Program - 14 students; Kirkwood Elementary - 54 students; Linn County Youth Shelter School - 10 students; Polk Elementary - 55 students

CENTER POINT: Vinton-Shellsburg Home School - 5 students

FAIRFIELD: Fairfield Home Schools - 33 students

IOWA CITY: Christian Home Educators - 45 students; Grant Wood Elementary - 185 students; Hoover Elementary - 87 students; Horn Elementary - 91 students; Kate Wickham Elementary - 145 students; Longfellow Elementary - 96 students; Lucas Elementary - 77 students; Sacred Heart Home School - 10 students; Shimek Elementary - 65 students

KALONA: Mid-Prairie Home Schools - 30 students

MONTICELLO: Carpenter Elementary - 88 students

NORTH LIBERTY: Penn Elementary - 52 students

WEST BRANCH: Scattergood School - 78 students

WASHINGTON: Washington-Waco Home School - 6 students

WEST BRANCH: West Branch Middle School - 200 students

Hancher's education program is supported by the Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson Arts Education Fund.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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