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Ko-Thi Dance Company To Perform at UWFox

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The pulsating vibrant rhythms and mesmerizing movements of the Ko-Thi Dance Company come to the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley on Monday, February 28, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.

The captivating performers of the Ko-Thi Dance Company are dedicated to the preservation and inspirational performance of traditional African-American and Caribbean cultures. According to one source, the name KO-THI, (ko-thee) comes from the Shebro language of Sierra Leone, West Africa and translates, "to seek out the African root." Comprised of artists trained in the history, mythology and techniques of art forms within the African Diaspora. the Ko-Thi Dance Company uses a myriad of traditional instruments, authentic costumes, infectious music and extraordinary dance to educate and bridge the gap between cultures.

Based in Milwaukee, the Ko-Thi Dance Company has been called a national and international touring gem for the state of Wisconsin. Ko-Thi's appearance is sponsored by the UWFox Student Activities Board,” according to Jeff Kuepper, Student Activities Director at the Menasha campus. "This is a great opportunity for our students and the Fox Cities community to see a performance that has an impressive touring history nationally and internationally."

Ko-Thi's 35 years of performing includes national and international touring experiences at venues like the Mitsui Festival in Tokyo (Japan) and the Harbor Festival in Toronto (Canada). The national tour has included the Brooklyn Academy of Music's “Dance Africa” in New York, Minnesota, and Chicago.

The event is free and open to the public, with limited unreserved seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the Ko-Thi Dance Company’s appearance at UWFox, please contact Kuepper at 832-2671 or email jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu. Free parking is available on the west side of the campus.

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is located at 1478 Midway Road, Menasha, between S. Oneida St. on the east, S. Appleton Road on the west, and Hwy. 441 on the north.

Posted 2/17/2005