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May 2003 - CDE / Eastern Arts tour of the UK
In early May of 2003, Eastern Arts helped arrange a tour of the UK with the U of U Character Dance Ensemble along with Turkish master musician Latif Bolat. The tour started in Liverpool where the group performed for an enthusiastic audience at John Moore's University. The next stop was in Devon at Plymouth University in Exmouth, then on to London where CDE conducted a workshop at Islington Arts Factory. The final concert was at University of Surrey Roehampton where members of the Persian community raved about the metaphysical-oriented concert and expressed a desire to have the group return to London in March of 2004.

CDE on the bus from Liverpool to Exmouth

CDE teaching at Islington Arts Factory in London

CDE at Sadler's Wells

Armenian dance by CDE at Roehampton University

APRIL 2003 - CDE / Eastern Arts Showcase & Dance Jam
April 23, 7:30 p.m.
U of U Marriot Center for Dance
Featuring works by Popova awardees & impromptu improvisations

2002 Popova awardees Melanie Hawkes, Leslie Palza & Megan Mathes

choreographer Megan Mathes

Leslie Palza performing Tajik solo

Choreographer Melanie Hawke's Persian trio

At the April 23 showcase, the Character Dance ensemble performed dances from: Persia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy and Spain.
The second portion of the concert was the Dance Jam, impromptu improv by skilled ballet and modern dancers improvising to Utah's hottest jazz combo, Worldclass Jazz Quartet with David Halliday - sax, Evan Coombs - bass, 'Doc' Miller - piano & Christian Perry - drums.

The event was cofunded by ASUU, ZAP, Utah Arts Council and Salt Lake City Arts Council.

W o r l D a n c e
Nov. 8, 2002, 7 p.m.
U of U Kingsbury Hall

Featured at this years 18th annual WorlDance concert are the U of U Character Dance Ensemble, BYU Folkdancers, Dionysius Greek Dancers, Eastern Arts International Dance Theatre, Persian dancer Banafshe Sayyad from Los Angeles, Persian traditional musicians nei and kamancheh expert Mohammad Nejad and zarb player Shirzad Sharif from San Francisco, santur player Dr. Lloyd Miller and choreographies by the 2002-2003 Tatiana Popova awardees: Melanie Hawkes - Persian miniature, Megan Mathes - Georgian and Leslie Palza - Tajik.

U of U Character Dance Ensemble in Persian piece "Vahishta"

U of U Character Dance Ensemble cast at Worldance 2002

U of U Character Dance Ensemble performing Georgian suite

Persian Musician Mohammad Nezhad & Popova awardee Megan Mathes

Dionysius Greek Dancers at Worldance

folkdancers from BYU performing Turkish suite

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