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Last chance to see Peruvian dance group ADU in Athens

Tonight is the last chance to see a performance by ADU, a Peruvian dance group, at Stuart's Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville, Ohio.

Students passing through Baker Center on Tuesday got a little something extra on their escalator ride.

ADU, a Peruvian dance group, performed with some interaction on the second floor in the afternoon with loud, fast-paced beats on boxed drums and freestyle dancing.

“They just (improvised) the whole thing,” Shirley McClelland, founder of The McClelland Fund in Lancaster, Ohio, said. “I met them when I was down in Peru. It was kind of like a dream of mine to bring them here.”

McClelland said the nine-member group arrived Monday night and will be in the area for five days. The members also performed Tuesday night at Alden Library.

ADU’s last performance will be Wednesday at Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville, Ohio, and is completely choreography-based.

“It's always tough working Tuesday through Friday… They try to do as much as they can — ideally getting them in front of as many students and people as possible,” Brian Koscho, marketing director of Stuart's, said.

Antonio Vilchez is directing the performance at Stuart’s called “Sigo Siendo,” which is an interpretation in “maintaining cultural identity under pressure of assimilation and revaluing ancient traditions in a modern world,” according to the opera house's website.

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“We’ve been planning this for a couple of months now… The dates haven’t been confirmed until summer,” Koscho said.

The group does not speak any English, so McClelland said her role for their tour is the translator, chauffeur and cook.

“After this we’ll be going to Lancaster, Columbus and we’ll finish in Dennison (Ohio),” she said. “They’ve just got this crazy energy. They have a lot of pride in what they do.”

The workshops involve instruments like the charango, traditional wind instruments, dance and percussion.

Adam Maslowski contributed to this report


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