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Making a Difference: Performing with a purpose

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Posted at 1:16 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 19:25:40-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Allegro Dance Project in Lexington is once again moving to move others.

"We decided to kick 2020 off with a bang," said Artistic Director Jeana Klevene.

This week, they are preparing for several major performances, each with a clear mission.

"We have two school shows," said Klevene. "We're really excited, we've never done that before, and one of them is a sensory friendly show."

The sensory friendly show will be attended by special education classes, and it will be a relaxed environment with lower lights, softer music and will provide the freedom to come and go as needed.

"We're kind of kicking ourselves for not doing it sooner because these are our people," said Klevene. "I mean our whole outreach program is for children with special needs."

They, they are shifting their focus to the opioid crisis. The Allegro Dance Project is partnering with the newly launched Lexington app, aimed at drug education and prevention, FEND.

"It's kind of why I love contemporary dance so much," said Klevene. "You can really use that to really be a voice and talk about really important issues."

Again they will perform for school children and have the FEND organization on hand, but then the conversation will be opened to the public. A free show will be held on Friday night entitled "Substance" and will provide a raw look inside the opioid epidemic.

On Saturday evening, they will be performing "Look Both Ways Twice." This performance will feature contemporary dance, live music and circus arts and will touch on multiple topics including the opioid crisis and immigration.

There will also be a silent auction where all proceeds will go toward the Allegro Dance Project's outreach program.

For tickets, click here or call (859) 280-2218.

If you want more information on the Allegro Dance Project, click here.