Festival of Dance afoot at Merced College

A mélange of dance styles ranging from ballet to jazz came to life in vivid color Wednesday and Thursday at the Merced College Theater, as the 22nd annual Festival of Dance kicked off in dynamic fashion.

The dancers all came from local dance companies.

If you missed this week’s shows, there’s still time to see many of the performances, as the festival runs through July 2. The South Pacific Dance Company and Belly Dance Merced are scheduled to perform Tuesday , and Denisa’s School of Dance on June 25. The Mariposa Academy of Performing Arts will perform on June 30, and Atwater’s Step Dance Studio will close the festival with performances July 1 and 2.

All the shows begin at 7 p.m. at the theater, 3600 M St , Merced.

General admission is $10. Admission for seniors, children younger than 12 and Merced College students is $8. Tickets are available at Gottschalk Music Center on Main Street; Peraino’s at Bear Creek Galleria on G Street; Passadori’s hardware store in Atwater; Mariposa County Arts Council; and at the bookstore at Merced College. Tickets will also be on sale at the box office one hour before the show.

For more information call (209) 384-6224.