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Odyssey Dance launches Kickstarter campaign

Submitted by Odyssey Dance TheatreLast year, Odyssey Dance Theatre, which presents its annual Halloween production of "Thriller" at the Egyptian Theatre, created a brand new version of "The Nutcracker," with a few modernized changes.

Instead of getting a Nutcracker from toymaker Drosselmeyer, Clara gets an iPhone, and there begins the journey.

Unfortunately, productions like this are pretty expensive to mount, said Odyssey Founder and Artistic Director Derryl Yeager.

"We can always use some help with production costs," he said. "So this year we have created a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds and also get the word out."

As an incentive, donors will receive free tickets to the show as premiums. Donations can be made by visiting http://www.kickstarter.com .

Odyssey Dance Theatre has been the winner of Best of State in Dance for nine years in a row.

It has also won Best of State of all Arts and Entertainment in 2007 and the Best Choreographer 2009 award went to Founder and Artistic Director Derryl Yeager.

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Other accolades include Best Individual Dancer 2010 for Associate Artistic Director/Principal Dancer Eldon Johnson, Best Individual Dancer 2012 Odyssey Associate Artistic Director/Principal Dancer Veronica Yeager, Best Individual Dancer 2013 Odyssey Principal Dancer Dayna Marshall and Best Youth Dance Group 2011 and 2012 Odyssey 2.

Odyssey Dance Theatre tours nationally and internationally, most notably coinciding with the Beijing Summer Olympics.

Odyssey Dance Theatre is funded, in part, by Zoo, Arts and Parks.

For more information, visit http://www.odysseydance.com.