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BERKELEY - Toe to Toe, a benefit for ODC Dance Commons and Cal Athletics, returns for the third year to the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco on April 16, 2009 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for an evening of dancing finesse, offbeat antics, great camaraderie and fun.

In 2008, ODC dancers rematched Cal student-athletes to settle the age-old question: who's more fit, dancers or athletes? In strength and agility, ODC beat Cal yet again. So this year, the athletic edge sharpens with Toe to Toe - Round 3. The showcase sport will be men's water polo, with additional challenges in volleyball, soccer, track & field, golf and swimming.

The judging process is half the fun, with competitions decided by veterans in their field: San Francisco Ballet principal dancer emeritus Muriel Maffre; San Francisco 49er Super Bowl champions Harris Barton, Dwight Clark and Ronnie Lott; aerial dancer Joanna Haigood; and entertainer MC Hammer.

What brings audiences to Toe to Toe is gracious sportsmanship mixed with edge-of-your seat competitiveness. "The Games create an amazing high, perhaps the combination of testosterone, sweat and grace." wrote Leah Garchik of the San Francisco Chronicle.

ODC founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way is gearing up: "This year, Cal pulled out all the stops. We can't wait to go head-to-head in the ring and cheek-to-cheek on the dance floor."

Event Chair Warren Hellman is ready: "This will be a real shoot-out. Once again, let the games and the dances begin!"

In Toe to Toe: Round 3, ODC dancers and Cal student-athletes are subjected to tests of skill, strength and agility, with music and cheerleading pumping the audience. The night ends with an audience favorite, the Toe-to-Toe take on Dancing with the Stars.

TOE TO TOE - ROUND 3: A benefit for ODC Dance Commons and Cal Athletics
Thursday, April 16, 2009, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Concourse, 635 8th Street (at Brannan), San Francisco
Tickets: $125 general, $25 students/dancers
Phone: Sola at (415) 255-0333

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