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New York’s dre.dance to make Midwest debut with ‘beyond.words’ at Ordway

Taye Diggs’ dance company is coming to St. Paul. You read me right.

Taye Diggs’ dance company is coming to St. Paul. You read me right. The star of television’s “Private Practice” and the movie “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” is one of the founders of dre.dance, a New York based company earning praise for dynamic work dealing with contemporary social issues.

Diggs and dre.dance cofounder and choreographer Andrew Palermo are dancers and Broadway performers who have known each other since childhood, and have studied with Milton Myers and James Truitte, an original member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Both also conduct residencies and master classes in contemporary dance, musical theater, hip-hop, jazz, and acting/audition techniques.

On Thursday, dre.dance will make its Midwest debut at the Ordway with “beyond.words,” a work created following intensive study through workshops, residency, and interviews with people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

For video of “beyond.words,” go here.

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For video of the company’s current repertory, go here.

dre.dance. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul. Tickets $25-$30. 651-224-4222.