From dancing acrobats, to the soft and fluid movements of ballet, Hermiston audiences will have plenty of performance options from which to choose in the upcoming Desert Arts Council event season.

Desert Arts Council President Mary Corp said, when scheduling performing arts events each year, the goal is to find family oriented presentations that appeal to all age groups and encourage participation. She said arts council members attend the Northwest Arts Convention every year and work with talent scout agencies to bring groups to the area.

This year, the Eugene Ballet Company will start off the series with “Cinderella” Oct. 15 at the Hermiston High School auditorium. While the company has been to Hermiston before, this will be the first performance of “Cinderella.”

On Nov. 21, a capella sensation M-PACT will perform a collection of harmonized pop-jazz versions of classic and modern holiday tunes. The group won the Los Angeles Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, as well as the “Unsigned Band of the Year” award in 1999 from Billboard.

On Jan. 10, Corp said Dancing with the Hermiston Stars will return for the third straight year. Community leaders will pair up with professional ballroom dancers to perform a dance routine in front of a live audience at Hermiston High School. This year, however, Corp said the event will feature something different.

“Dancing with the Stars is going to do an outreach opportunity with children,” she said. “That is something new we decided to incorporate into the program, where the ballroom dancers will work with a group of about 50 students, who will perform Saturday night during the main performance.”

On Feb. 27, newcomers Cirque Zuma Zuma will perform a production featuring acrobatics, contortion, juggling and dance set to an African theme.

“Cirque Zuma Zuma is totally different from anything we have ever done before,” Corp said. “It will be interesting to see how our community reacts to it.”

The Eastern Oregon Arts Festival will wrap up the Desert Arts season on May 8-9 and feature a variety of local art, food, entertainment and art activities.

Corp said she hopes people are pleased with the entertainment lined up this year.

“I hope people come out and support and arts and just have a great time,” she said.

For more information or for season pass and ticket prices, visit www.desertartscouncil.com or call 541-567-1800. Event tickets may be purchased online, at the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce office or at Hermiston’s Parks and Recreation office.

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