Modern dance wasnt exactly an overstocked commodity in Middle Tennessee when MTSU students Amanda Cantrell Roche, Lee Anne (Allen) Carmack and Don Sullivan founded this ensemble in 1989. We dont know which is more remarkable: that the group has remained true to its democratic ideals without erupting in artistic schism Blue Moves prides itself on not having a single group leader or that its simply managed to survive two of the roughest decades for arts groups in my lifetime. Either way, theyve made a point of using unexpected music and unusual settings, such as their memorable performance at the Artrageous after-party one year on the Sommet Centers two-story escalator. The groups 20th anniversary tour culminates in a gala featuring live dance and theater, vintage video, art installations, appetizers, a cash bar and the awarding of the Blue Moves Legacy honor. Selections include Afloat, Timeless and Ride, incorporating music by Nick Lowe, Jimmy Scott, Ennio Morricone, St. German and Nina Simone. Tickets are $15.
Sat., March 13, 7:30 p.m., 2010