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(Photo by Joeff Davis)

We always like to hear from Blake Beckham, one of the more powerful young voices in the local dance community. (Check out Thomas Bell's mini-profile in our 2006 Fall Guide.) So we were thrilled to learn about tonight's screening of Dance For Reel: An Evening of Dance on Camera, curated by Beckham, sponsored by Emory’s Dance and Visual Arts programs, and presented at Performing Arts Studio (1804 N. Decatur Road). The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Here Beckham explores the genre of "cinedance," with pieces from the New York-based Dance Films Association, which has taken its work to festivals and tours around the world. The works range from five to 30 minutes, and offer the average viewer a bird's eye view of the form, which often can feel trapped onstage and hence feels out of the mainstream of the performing arts. But a quick peek at the British short "The Cost of Living" shows how the camera can capture movement for an audience.

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