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News Dance, Wine and Stray Bullets Benefit Dell Children's, UMC Brackenridge

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AUSTIN, Texas - (April 4, 2012) - A local physician who is a former Ballet Austin dancer is pouring both of her passions into a new endeavor: inspiring dance performances that will benefit two major Central Texas medical centers. And to help out, the top doctor at UMC Brackenridge and his band will perform during a wine and food reception in between the two dance productions.

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Dr. Diana Wang, obstetrician/gynecologist, Austin native and lifelong dancer, created The Dance Project, a nonprofit endeavor established to promote local, undiscovered choreographers while assisting local charities. She is personally underwriting the project's first event, which will feature contemporary ballet, modern jazz and break dance performances at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the AustinVentures Studio Theater at Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third St.

In between, at 6 p.m., the local band Stray Bullets will perform during the reception. The band includes Dr. Tom Caven, UMC Brackenridge vice president of medical affairs who also is a longtime local guitarist/vocalist. The Stray Bullets bring a unique, soulful and progressive sound to the music they play, covering the musical landscape from bluegrass, Americana, country, old-time traditional to Irish pub songs, rock-n-roll and folk.

Tickets are available on Ballet Austin's web site. Tickets are $25 for admission to either dance performance or $50 for admission to a performance and the wine reception. Tickets available at the door are limited, so purchase online is encouraged.

The dance performances will be presented by The Reverence Dance Project and Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble of Round Rock. Some of these companies' best professional artists are donating their time and talent - including Dr. Wang, who will be among those performing and choreographing.

"We are thrilled to announce this upcoming event, which will be fun and inspiring while at the same time raising much-needed funds for two of our most important local hospitals," she said. "I hope the audience will enjoy the performances of the Reverence Dance Project and Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble of Round Rock - and they'll enjoy music of the Stray Bullets, too."

For more information please contact The Dance Project at thedanceproject@aol.com.

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