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Dec. 5, 2007

UI Youth Ballet performs 'Nutcracker' excerpts for small children

The University of Iowa Youth Ballet will perform excerpts from "The Nutcracker" in a program designed for pre-school and elementary-age children at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Space/Place Theater of UI North Hall.

Admission is $5 for each child, and the parents and chaperones will be admitted free. Space may be reserved by calling or e-mailing the UI Arts Share office, 319-335-1618 or

North Hall is located at the north end of Madison Street on the UI campus. It is accessible from both Madison Street and the Anne Cleary Walkway. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Ramp.

The UI Youth Ballet is a community outreach dance program of the UI Department of Dance dedicated to enriching the lives of all students by nurturing and encouraging artistic expression, as well as preparing gifted students for careers as professional artists.

The goal of Arts Share is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas and to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa. To serve that goal, Arts Share makes artists available in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing. The available activities range from workshops to ensemble coaching to concerts to lectures -- and even special, custom-designed projects.

The 2007-08 Arts Share roster features nearly 100 individual artists and ensembles, with options to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Many schools have scheduled several Arts Share artists to create a concentrated arts day, or have engaged an artist to make multiple visits, enabling their guidance of long-term projects.

The Department of Dance and the Arts Share program are units of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Leslie Finer, Arts Share, at; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),