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Ignore tabloid darling and ice queen Kate Gosselin's feeble attempts to revitalize her career on the dance floor each week and come see some real talent when Boise State's Theatre Arts Department presents Dance Bytes: The Evolution of Jazz Hands, a student production at the Danny Peterson Theatre in the Morrison Center.

The event features a special performance by student Ali Heward entitled Rebirth. She choreographed the piece for her sister, two-time paralympic medalist skier and World Cup Champion, Lacey Heward, who at the age of one became paralyzed from the waist down. In addition to being in a wheelchair her whole life, Lacey now desperately needs a kidney transplant.

Lacey Heward,  2x Paralympic medalist skier and World Cup Champion
  • Lacey Heward, 2x Paralympic medalist skier and World Cup Champion

"I wanted it (the dance) to be kind of about how Lacey has been in the process of coming from the place of feeling inadequate and half of a person..." Heward said.

The piece, featuring Lacey herself, represents the Paralympian's metaphorical journey.

"It's like she's in the womb and she kind of comes out and awakens to this bright, beautiful, loving place where there's all these people who care about her," Heward said. "It's kind of a spiritual piece too. It's her spiritual rebirth."

The showcase also features student dancers as well as Off Center's Katie Ponozzo and members of Idaho Dance Theater. Ponozzos studied ballet, tap and jazz in northern Idaho and performed in the Eugene Ballet Company's production of The Nutcracker, before taking up her current gig as an ballet instructor at Boise State.

Showtimes are today at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket for the event are $7 general admission and $5 for students, military and seniors.

To learn more about Lacey and how you can help, visit Read more on Lacey here: The Arbiter: A Kidney for Lacey

On May 28, The Visual Arts Collective will be hosting a fundraiser event. For details visit A Kidney for Lacey's Events page