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Terpsichore members, from left, Rikki Feeley, Krista Marshall, Tami Hunt and Maribel Schaff Saturday, October 16, 2010.

It was a stellar start to what could be a regional touring dance company based in Billings.

Terpsichore Dance Company made its full-stage debut Saturday night at the Babcock Theatre and the place was packed.

Founder Ricki Lu Feeley announced that the turnout at the 7 p.m. show had exceeded her expectations so they ran out of programs. The place was packed with two or even three generations of arts patrons who gave the 10-member dance company a much-deserved standing ovation. It was nice to see such enthusiasm for this company, which is made up of teenagers, moms and talented young women.

Two singer/songwriters Lacey Reyer and Steve Brown, performed between dance pieces, adding to the feeling that the night was an art happening not just a recital.

The highlight for me was the two-woman dance piece, "Tomato, Tomate'' featuring Feeley and Miribel Schaff. Dancing to the Apocalyptica song "Nothing Else Matters,'' the women peeled their backs off the floor and each other, leapt onto a table, then gingerly handed each other a tomato so red it looked fake until the final moment when they squished it into a table with their feet.


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Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.