Diversity Breakfast dance program blends cultural styles

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 | 8:57 p.m. CST; updated 9:02 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 13, 2009

COLUMBIA — A Chinese dancer pins her white beaded headpiece as African and ballet dancers stretch against the plush theater chairs in the auditorium of the Missouri Theatre Center  for the Arts. The director, David A. White III, shouts "Places, please," and streams of children and dancers in cultural dress file up the steps to go backstage.