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— In a production of 47 dancers, 10 choreographers and about 10 pieces of dance, Steamboat Dance Theatre and various others will perform for the community Feb. 16-17.

No themes surround this year's production, but a melting pot of talent will demonstrate the year-long preparation of all companies.

Modern dance, ballet, jazz, tap, latin dance and others are pieces of the puzzle with each choreographer's name on it. And for a surprise, two areas of dance not before mentioned will appear during the first night's performance.

Since Steamboat Dance Theatre does not put on any other dance productions throughout the year, this is the only chance for a conglomerate of companies to perform together.

With auditions last fall, dancers, choreographers and producers have been practicing around the clock to make this year's production better than the past 28 years.

Sharon Warner, nominated to co-produce the show, said that she has enjoyed the work, but because this is her first year producing, her work is strenuous.

"It's been very stressful, but I've enjoyed it," Warner said of organizing the dozens of people, learning computer programs and spending numerous hours on the phone.

Choreographers decide the dance and who the dancers will be for a particular performance, but stories do not exist in the theatre's production.

Warner, also a dancer for about 11 years, said she auditioned for a few pieces and was placed in the jazz and African jazz pieces.

Choreographers involved in Steamboat Dance Theatre: Robin Getter, Barbara Bonfiglio, Stephanie Hunter, Chris Carbone, Debbie Curd, Kim Bates and Michael David. Choreographers and dancers from professional affiliates that are participating in the show are Shining Mountain Repertory, Dance Vision, Steamboat Ballet and Rocky Mountain Dance.

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