Intuit Studio Dancers present Minga 2

The Intuit Studio Dancers will present Minga 2 at the Newport Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. (Courtesy photo)

Intuit Studio artistic director Rachel Barreras-Kleemann and the Intuit Studio Dancers are hosting an event this weekend at the Newport Performing Arts Center. The event, featuring live music and dance, will be in support of the burgeoning dance program at the Olalla Center for Children and Families located in Toledo, with outreach programs throughout Lincoln County. 

This year's program, called Minga 2, is set for Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. The show is multi-cultural, presenting both local and guest artists. 

Barreras-Kleemann is pleased to be bringing guest performer, choreographer and teacher Vera Passos, from Salvador, Bahia Brazil, to not only perform but to choreograph a new piece for the Intuit Studio Dancers. While Barreras-Kleemann studied and received her dance degree from Escola de Danca in Salvador, she met and trained with Passos daily.

“This is an exciting opportunity for my students, who range in ages between 5-18, to be able to train, rehearse and perform with such a sought-after teacher,” said Barreras-Kleemann. “She is gracious, dedicated, and one of the most powerful dancers I have ever seen.”

Also dancing in the showcase is local talent Sophia, Solano, who will bring Flamenco Puro to the stage with her students and accompanying musicians.

Chayag en Familia, Lincoln County's very own Andean folkloric dance and music ensemble will be the finale for this year's program.

Tickets for Minga 2 are $17.50 for adults and $14.50 for seniors and students. They are available at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office at 777 W Olive St., online at www.coastarts.org or by phone at 541-265-2787.

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