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Philadelphia-based hip-hop dance troupe IllStyle & Peace Productions will perform its "Impossible" show at the University of Rochester's third annual "inspireDANCE Festival" this weekend. The festival, which will take place Thursday, February 14, through Tuesday, February 19, will offer nearly 30 workshops and a variety of performances.

Illstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural dance company rooted in contemporary and old-school hip-hop. Their performance will take place Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m., in Strong Auditorium (University of Rochester, River Campus), and will showcase the troupe's diverse mix of dance and performance styles including tap, ballet, house dancing, DJing, and beatboxing. Tickets are $15, or $5 for students. The group will also teach workshops during the run of the festival.

The inspireDANCE Festival was launched in 2011 by Arielle Friedlander '11, as a part of her Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year project, and is organized through the Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester. This year's offerings include contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet, Salsa, West African, Jamaican, Middle Eastern, Capoeira, T'ai Chi, Qi Gong, and more. Festival Club Passes, which allow participants to attend classes, workshops, and performances, are available for $18 through February 14, and $25 afterward. For a full festival schedule, visit, and to learn more about Illstyle & Peace Productions, visit To purchase tickets and registration, or for more information, call 273-5150.


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