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Michaels: Dance calling ‘is my calling’


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Susan Michaels is the artist-in-residence at Keet Gooshi Heen elementary school. She’s been teaching students traditional American country dancing. Her work culminates this Friday with a live barn dance for the students and general public (6:30 PM Fri Feb 14, Keet Gooshi Heen, no charge) with Sitka’s contra band Fishing for Cats. Michaels hails from Los Angeles, where she’s been calling dances for 30 years.

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