We are mesmerized by soft penche –bends at the waist – and juicy turns where muscled legs slip out of the hip joint. Next, they speak under their breath and flutter on the balls of their feet until their backsides wiggle like firm Jello. What a wonderfully strange and humorous moment. And the tension grows. Will they ever touch? How will this end? Wham – they strike with powerful blows and slam their bodies onto the floor, not like the wrestlers on TV, but for real. You can relive it via video here.

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Marshall said she and her husband wanted to create an endowment that would support undergraduate dance students and give them an arena to show the world their talent. “Student productions offer invaluable training for professional careers,” she said. “In San Diego, there are many UC San Diego dance alumni who are leaders, teachers, choreographers, directors, performers and patrons.”

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