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Who we are:
The NMU International Dancers is a registered student association at Northern Michigan
University, in Marquette Michigan. Membership is open
to students, faculty and community members interested in exploring cultures around the world through music and dance.
We are both a social and a performing group. Not all members are interested in
performing, but we are all interested in learning more about different cultures
through their music and dance.
We range in age from 14 to near 70. In experience, we range from 2
near 30 years of folk dancing.
Our basic interests are fun and physical and emotional fitness. Folk dancing provides the opportunity to move to a wide
variety of musical rhythms and forms. Some of our dances are very slow and simple. Other dances are highly aerobic and
intricate. Our emphasis is on fun, with a secondary emphasis on keeping the dances "ethnically pure", that is, preserving
the dances as done in their village of origin.
There is no charge for dancing on campus. As a student organization we have free use of University Center facilities when
they are available. We ask a donation* for dancing at Presque Isle park in the summers; the city charges us rent for the
However, donations are always welcome, and tax deductible on both federal and Michigan
income taxes. Checks should be
made out to Northern Michigan University. Donations are used for basic operating expenses (such as facility rental,
transportation, postage, ...) and for helping our student members attend workshops.
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is our Asian specialist. A former classical Indian dancer, Antara
has been with our group for about four years.
is the chauffeur, announcer and general handyman
of the group. Bill dances a mean tango and likes just about any kind of
likes most types of dancing, but is really good at the more energetic
styles. He is the group's intellectual.
Cathy is the group's medical support. Cathy is a
nurse and we're glad to have her around keeping us healthy. Her second
career is as an artist, doing some excellent water colors. Cathy enjoys
just about all types of dances.
Cecelia (C) is the lead female performer of the group.
C specializes in Middle Eastern, Gypsy and Polynesian dancing, but she can (and
usually does) dance anything.
is our accordion player. Don, a fairly new dancer, has mastered
complicated patterns like the two-step and is moving on to czardas and
Yemenite steps. Don's favorite dance style is Argentine tango.
is our member in absentia.
Evan is our ballroom specialist. He teaches ballroom dancing
and is great at all different dance styles.
C. is our biker guy. In addition, he is our favorite
Irish jigger. Luckily, Jim doesn't try to both drive his Harley and dance
the jig at the same time.
Jim G. is a new dancer, learning folk and ballroom at the same time.
Jim is also a biker.
graduated and has left the area. After spending a year in
Minnesota dancing with the people at Tapestry she got married and moved back
to Michigan. Unfortunately, she is in the lower peninsula.
Marge is the artistic director of the performance groups
and main teacher of the NMU International Dancers. Marge has been
dancing since around 1975. She formerly danced with the Mahealani Dance
Troupe in Detroit and specializes in Polynesian. But, like the other
dancers, she dances to any rhythm.
Mary is our biker chick. Mary likes most types of
dancing, and excels at Ballroom dancing. She's a terrific cook, too.
Melissa is the group's musician. A flutist, Melissa
understands the complex rhythms so common in folk music. She is also the
person we all depend on to have the items we forgot, whether it's bobby pins
(she carries both blond and brunette), safety pins, kolo belts or kerchiefs.
C. is a second-year dancer. She works hard on learning the dances
and will be attending her first workshop this summer.
Nancy G. is another new dancer. She has also taken up square
Nichelle is our newest member. Nichelle attends one of the
local public schools and is learning very quickly.
Shanti has been with the group for a few years. She is a
natural dancer who picks up styling easily, even though she didn't have any
dance experience when she joined the group.
Vanessa is another ballroom enthusiast, but loves everything to do
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The NMU International Dancers Performing Group
Needs New Members
International Dance Group Is Seeking New Members
The Northern Michigan University International Dancers is currently seeking new performers. Dancers and musicians are
needed. Previous experience is not necessary. Dance basics and full dances will be taught. There is no charge for lessons,
but performers must be willing to commit themselves to one or two evenings of practice per week.
The group currently performs throughout the Marquette area and members participate in workshops in Michigan,
Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. The group has a repertoire of more than 200 performance dances (with ethnic costumes),
mostly from the Balkan area (Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Poland, etc.). The group also performs a few dances
from other parts of the world, including South America, Africa, Asia and North America.
Performers from high school age through adult are welcome to join. Auditions will be held in July and August. For
information about joining the group, or to schedule a performance, contact Marge or Bill Sklar.
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International Children's Dance Performance Group Forming in Marquette
A dance performance group for children and adolescents, ages 7 through high school is forming in Marquette. The
ensemble will learn dances from around the world and perform them at area events. A limited number of scholarships is
available due to a grant from the NMU International Dance Club, which will sponsor the new ensemble. Experience is not
required, but members of the ensemble must commit to three to six hours of practice and/or performance each week.
Parents will be asked to supply shoes and minimal essentials and to see that children arrive on time to practice sessions.
For information, contact Marge firstname.lastname@example.org
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This group of students has entertained the NMU Community for the
last four years. They have perfected some of the older East Coast Swing
styling and have developed their own moves. Their high-energy
demonstrations are sure to leave you with your foot tapping and your desire to
Marge email@example.com can set
up a performance, demo or teaching session.
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