Eudora alumna among dancers performing
Eudorans can see dancing fit for a queen this Tuesday, when the Berea College Country Dancers perform at Eudora Middle School.
The dancers, from Berea College in Berea, Ky., have in the past taken their show on the road -- as far as Great Britain, where they performed for the 50th coronation anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II. One of the dancers who participated in the Queen's jubilee in 2002 was Elizabeth Durkin, a Eudora High School graduate.
Durkin will be one of the dancers performing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the gymnasium in the middle school, 2635 Church St. Shuttle buses will take audience members from the Pinecrest apartment complexes to the school at 6:30 p.m.
The event is free and is sponsored by Eudora Parks and Recreation, which will make a donation to the group.
Parks and Recreation Director Bobby Arnold said the dance group was touring in the area anyway, but because a native Eudoran was among the ranks the dancers were able to make a pit stop locally. Arnold said the department was also trying to coordinate a role in the performance for Open Call Dance Company, the school through which parks and rec offers its dance classes.
The Berea troupe performs folk dances from England, Denmark and the Appalachian region of the United States.
The performance was an attempt to bring different recreation activities to Eudora, Arnold said.
"I'm trying to do new things, and it's tough," he said. "For Pinecrest and the senior citizens, (to do things) in this town is hard. When you travel, you have to go out and get transportation."
For more information about the dance group, visit www.berea.edu/peha/dance/country_dancers/index.html.