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Dec. 2 – 4 --- “Balance.” 8 p.m., Drayton Hall Theatre. Wideman/Davis Dance, the resident professional dance company at the university, helmed by artistic directors (and university dance faculty) Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis, presents an imaginative choreographic work fusing dance, poetry and music to focus on the issue of homelessness in Columbia. Sponsored by the university’s Arts Institute.

Dec 2 – 4 --- “University of South Carolina Contemporary Dance Showcase: Without Boundaries.” 6 p.m., Drayton Hall Theatre.

Jan. 15 – 17 --- USC Dance program hosts the “Youth America Grand Prix Dance Competition.” Drayton Hall Theatre. See the rising stars of American ballet and contemporary dance in this national competition for students ages 9 to 19 being hosted at the university. Free to the public. Times to be announced.

Feb. 11 – 13 --- “Innovative Works.” 7:30 p.m., Drayton Hall Theatre. USC Dance Company in concert, featuring the original works of university dance artistic director Susan Anderson, contemporary dance instructor Thaddeus Davis, choreographer Ivan Pulinkala and more.

March 20 --- “Ballet Stars of New York.” 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. The fifth annual star-studded concert, featuring principal dancers of the New York City Ballet, directed by Stacey Calvert, with the accompaniment of the USC Symphony Orchestra. Ticket prices are $15 for students; $25 for second balcony; $30 for first balcony; and $35 for orchestra seating.

April 22-23 --- “Coppélia” presented by the university’s Dance Conservatory. 6 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. This comic ballet tells the classic tale of an inventor who creates a life-size (and life-like) dancing doll, which becomes the object of affection for a young suitor, willing to discard the real girl who loves him. Presented by the Dance Conservatory under the direction of Marissa Freeman and USC Dance artistic director Susan Anderson.

McKissick Museum

McKissick Museum exhibitions are free and open to the public. The museum is located on the historic Horseshoe and is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The museum is closed on Sundays and holidays. For more information, call 803-777-7251, or visit the museum’s Web site: www.cas.sc.edu/MCKS/.

Exhibits on Permanent Display:
~ Bernard Baruch Silver Collection --
a collection of the Baruch family silver (first floor). ~ “Natural Curiosity: USC and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry into the Natural World” -- opened in fall 2007, the exhibit explores man’s relationship with the natural world and features more than 1,000 specimens gathered during the university’s history.

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