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All Male Dance Pays Tribute To Matthew Shepard

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While in its fifth year, many people don’t know a lot about Man Dance Company, an all male ballet dance troupe.

Even though they have been quite successful in their original and innovative dances in the past (including a local twist on “The Nutcracker” classic), their current show is bringing even more attention to their production as it is a tribute to Matthew Shepard, the young gay man who was beat and left for dead in the late 1990s.

Shepard’s hate crime death has lead to legislative acts to help protect others from such a crime as well as a popular play “The Laramie Project” which has been shown at schools across the country in teaching tolerance.

The ballet, “The Firebird” will depict the last moments of Shepard’s life. This tragic but unifying message will leave audiences with the knowledge of how Matthew's tragic ending inspired a nation to grow.

MDC will also present America's first LGBT “A Midsummer Night's Dream'” ballet - set to a combination of John Philip Sousa and Felix Mendelssohn's orchestrations. This magical tale will be told from Puck's point of view. Puck magically spins a contemporary wedding to life, through his dream, after attending an early 20th Century Independence-Day Celebration.

The show will be performed at 8pm on July 11 and 12 at the Marine’s Memorial Theatre, near San Francisco’s Union Square.

Tickets are as low as $35 and there is a special season offer to buy VIP season tickets for two for just $250. Go to www.mandance.org for tickets and more information.

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