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BANDON - MarLo Dance Studio welcomes back alumni, and now local Bandon School District teacher Strider Kachelein in collaboration of its upcoming presentation of "Peter Pan."

One of the most beloved children’s tales of "the boy who wouldn’t grow up" is revived with the assistance of Kachelein, MarLo’s newest instructor and choreographer. He returned to the Oregon Coast after completing undergraduate studies at Vassar College and spending time abroad in Germany. There, Kachelein was exposed to expanded study, which he said gave him a new perspective on dance and added, “You learn a certain style or perspective. Similarly, Germany has more … new combinations, hints and tricks.”

The upcoming performance of "Peter Pan," in which the the classic story by J.M. Barrie is told through a fast-paced thrilling adventure of dance and mime, includes fresh choreography by Kachelein. Following the story of Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell and Tiger Lily as they outsmart Captain Hook and his crew of cowardly pirates, he says he had the opportunity to really challenge the students, and that he, “tried to pinpoint to showcase what (my) dancers are best at, (since) I was familiar with their strengths and weakness and can play off that.”

All shows are performed at Bandon’s Sprague Community Theater, 1202 11th St. SW in City Park. Evening performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, with two matinees offered at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Advance tickets, available at marlodance.com/events or by calling 706-550-1416, are recommended as shows commonly sell out. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Prices as well as additional information can be found at the studio’s website: marlodance.com.

When asked what Kachelein was most looking forward to seeing in this upcoming show, he noted that dancers perform their art for love of the dance, but sometimes because of concentration on technique, “We look like we’re not necessarily enjoying it.” What he said he wants more than anything for the students is, “To find that spot where they can relax into the dance and enjoy the performance. It’s the best to see when they are having fun and doing their technique well, but enjoying what they are doing.”

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