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December 2001

Release Date: December 12, 2001

ASU Program Council Brings Minnesota Ballet to San Angelo

The Minnesota Ballet, one of the nation's premier traveling ballet troupes, will perform a repertoire piece during its first San Angelo performance Feb. 19 in the San Angelo City Auditorium.

The 7 p.m. performance by the Minnesota Ballet will include Agnes de Mille's historic work "Three Virgins and a Devil," a comic story of greed and hell. "Rough Cut Swing" and its amazing jazz tunes will wrap up the performance with a toe-tapping take on ballet.

Angelo State University's University Center Program Council Arts Committee is sponsoring the visit and performance by the Minnesota Ballet.

"We are excited about being able to bring the Minnesota Ballet to San Angelo," said Amy Horridge, assistant program director for the University Center Program Office. "The Minnesota Ballet and its artistic dance program can appeal to both the ballet aficionado and the ballet newcomer. That's why we thought the group would be such a good match for San Angelo."

The artistic and executive director for the Minnesota Ballet is Allen Fields, who has taken the troupe to national prominence in just a few short years. He began his dance training at the North Carolina School of Arts and was later trained at the American Ballet Theatre School in New York. Fields has studied with many of the country's finest ballet teachers and has made several international guest appearances. He performed with numerous dance companies before becoming artistic director for the Minnesota Ballet in 1992.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune writes that under Fields' direction, "The young troupe performs with diligence and deliberation."

Tickets go on sale at the Information Desk in the Houston Harte University Center on Jan. 15 for ASU students and on Jan. 21 for the general public. Tickets cost $12 for the general public, $8 for ASU faculty/staff and children under 12, and $3 for ASU students.

For more information, contact Horridge or Rochelle Bourg at 942-2062 or visit the University Center Program Office, Room 211 of the Houston Harte University Center.