by: COURTESY PHOTO: CHRIS LECK - Dancer Emily Abramson lights up the stage at Pacifics Dance Works.Dance Works XI at Pacific University celebrates women choreographers this spring, including featured guests Josie Mosely and Lisa Thorngren. 

The shows run April 24 to 26 at Tom Miles Theatre on Pacific’s Forest Grove campus.

All the pieces will be performed by the Pacific dance company, Pacific Dance Ensemble, which was founded by Artistic Director Jennifer Camp in 2004. 

Dance Works XI is a celebration of the program’s 11th year and its the second year that students have the option of majoring in dance.  

Mosely will restage “When I Close My Eyes,” a dance inspired by a nun who hid Jewish children in the basement of a convent during Hitler’s reign of power. “The gestures and hand signals are silent forms of communication used in the concentration camps and during transport,” said Camp.

One of the Pacific Northwest’s finest choreographers, Moseley has captivated audiences for more than 25 years with her solo performances and group pieces.

Thorngren, who has a bachelor’s degree in math from the University of Puget Sound and an MFA in dance from Arizona State University, is a pilates specialist with a dance emphasis through Body Arts and Science International. 

Additional choreographers in Dance Works XI include senior student Emily Abramson, faculty members Anita Mitchell, Mary Hunt and Camp.

Abramson will present “Where Words Leave Off,” which will be performed in the American College Dance Festival at University of Montana the first week of April, funded by the Elise Elliott Trust.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee as well. Tickets are $8, and $5 for students, seniors and alumni, and can be purchased at the door, but buying in advance is recommended.

Contact the box office at 503-352-2918. 

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