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FIrst lady Patricia Moore-Pastides and gala volunteer coordinator Gillian Albrecht
FIrst lady Patricia Moore-Pastides, left, and gala volunteer coordinator Gillian Albrecht at the new dance facility.

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“I’m a big supporter of the arts,” says Albrecht, an original cast member of “A Chorus Line” on Broadway and a friend of Anderson’s and Moore-Pastides’. “The arts are a huge part of our culture and our world.”

Albrecht says she has been working to organize the event since September and that around 300 people are expected to attend.

What they will see is a $9.8 million facility with three large dance studios that have the capability to turn into six if needed, sprung floors, offices, a large classroom, a smart classroom, and shower space.

"It's amazing, it's great," Moore-Pastides says. "All the rehearsal studios have windows--it's not a dunegon--and you need that daylight to keep your spirits up.

"The ceilings have great height. If you ever saw them dance in the bowels of the Blatt P.E. Center, they had to push the ceiling tiles out because there wasn't enough space when the male dancers lifted the female dancers."

The money raised from the gala will go toward scholarships in the dance program, one of the fastest growing programs in the Southeast with 76 majors.

-Kara Apel

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Event details

  • What: Dance fundraiser
  • When: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25
  • Where: Dance hall, 324 Sumter St. | map
  • Tickets: $75 to $125
  • Call: Kevin Bush, 777-9353

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