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'Fresh new' dance company to perform July 25-26

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The New Vision Dance Company will perform its first main-stage event, Fresh Cut, July 25 and 26 at the Garden Theater, 1187 N. High St., in the Short North near downtown Columbus.

The show's name is meant to symbolize the company's perspective on dance in Columbus.

"We're a fresh new group to Columbus with a new style of dance," said founder Melissa Gould, 48, of New Albany. "We bring something fresh to the area."

Gould said Columbus has some great dance companies, many focusing on one style of dance. New Vision combines a variety of styles, mixing modern movements and contemporary work with jazz, hip-hop, lyrical dance and musical theater, she said.

Fresh Cut will feature the company's 15 dancers performing a show choreographed by Gould.

Originally from Freemont, Calif., Gould received her bachelor's degree in dance from San Jose State University and worked with local high schools and colleges choreographing productions before dancing professionally in Guam, Japan, Korea, Seattle and on cruise ships.

She said she also choreographed productions for shows in Las Vegas before retiring at age 31 after marrying Jim, her high school sweetheart. She and Jim live in New Albany with their children, Jessica, 12, and Joe, 11.

Gould formed the New Vision Dance Company seven years ago while living in Seattle. After she and Jim moved to New Albany, she was teaching at the Movement Center School of Dance in Canal Winchester when, earlier this year, she decided to form a Columbus branch of New Vision.

She has recruited dancers from Columbus, Gahanna, Lewis Center, New Albany, Pickerington, Powell, Sandusky, Westerville and Worthington. She said they are incredibly talented.

"This is a special group of dancers who love to dance with each other," Gould said.

She said one of her best friends, Michelle Wyman of the Whim W'him Dance Company of Seattle, has agreed to act as house manager for the Fresh Cut performance.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Tickets will be $15, available online at shortnorthstage.org.

Gould said she has plans for the company to perform twice in 2015, working toward a road trip and potential performance in New York City in 2016.

For more information on the company, email newvisiondance@live.com.

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