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BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH DANCE: Rural Communities, Schools and University
25 Oct 2013
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The Jackson Purchase Dance Company is currently housed at Murray State University, Murray, KY.  The company of dancers consist of local dancers ages 10 - adult, including university students. As a partner with the Department of Theatre at Murray State University, The Jackson Purchase Dance Company offers our students opportunities for dance education and production that they would normally not have available.  Company dancers also include those with Special Needs, through the office of Student Disability Services (SDS) at Murray State University, WOMACK-Carter Options (adult day training and life skills), and traditional MSU students.

The teaching techniques of Artistic Director, Karen Balzer, has provided Murray State'sSpecial Needs students with high quality artistic performance activities.An important  goal of JPDC, is  to reach as broad a spectrum of dancers as possible, regardless of “abilities” or “disabilities”, to make a positive, artistic impact on the community and the Jackson Purchase region.

In addition to the Kentucky Foundation for Women, support is provided byRonald McDonald House Charities and VSA Arts Of Kentucky for schools in the Jackson Purchase region to participate in Jackson Purchase Dance Company projects.

The artist or arts organization telling this story was supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. KFW is based on the belief that when women and girls advance, so does Kentucky. For more information about the foundation and the social change artmaking being done by the individuals and organizations it supports, visit www.kfw.org." 

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