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Missoula Native's Smuin Ballet Returns to UM

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MISSOULA - Twenty years ago, Missoula native Michael Smuin started his own dance company in San Francisco, California. While Michael passed away in 2007, the Smuin Ballet will return to his hometown to kick-off its 20th anniversary tour.

The Smuin Ballet will showcase three of its most popular and exciting works. Performances include Smuin's much-loved Sinatra Ballet, "Fly Me to the Moon," as well as tributes to the music of Patsy Cline and the jazz age.

The Executive and Artistic Director of the Smuin Ballet, Celia Fushille, said that when Michael founded the company in 1993, he shook up the ballet scene with an innovative style that combined the grace and technique of classical ballet with the energy and pizzazz of Broadway.

"Michael was a bit of a maverick," Fushille said. "He didn't follow one set pattern in terms of his choreography, and he was pretty fearless as an artist to create two different types of music and using different forms of dance as well."

The Smuin Ballet will appear at the Montana Theatre on the University of Montana campus on Sunday, September 8th and Monday, September 9th.

General admission tickets cost $48. Tickets for students/children are $25.

For information on how to purchase tickets, click here.

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