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The Kids Cafe Festival 2002 began on Jan. 18 with a benefit performance featuring choreographer Doug Varone’s "Strict Love."

Varone’s work is known for its vivid musicality and daredevil physicality, so the Dancewave Kids Company performance of "Strict Love" was highly anticipated.

Taught to the young dancers by Varone company members Eddie Taketa and John Beasant, "Strict Love" is set to radio hits of the 1970s.

"’Strict Love’ both really challenged the dancers and brought them to another level," said Dancewave executive and artistic director Diane Jacobowitz of their performance Friday.

Varone, who attended the performance, formed the dance company in 1986 and has since created more than 30 pieces for them. He has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and five New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies).

Jacobowitz said that at press time it was not known how much money had been raised at the benefit performance at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse at 126 St. Felix St., but said it "looks promising."

Kids Cafe Festival is a program of Dancewave Inc., a not-for-profit arts and education organization founded in 1979.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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