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While late spring can be the sleeper season for local dance, two events this weekend subvert the expected ZZZs. First up are L.D. Burris and Carol Childs of Two Near the Edge, who present a Mother's Day Celebration Through Dance & Music. In a fête that's better than the standard mimosa and roses, these choreographers present glimpses--both grave and goofy--of motherhood, romance and family life. Joining them is dancer Toya Chinfloo, formerly of the African-American Dance Ensemble, and musician Randall Love. Performances are May 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. in the new auditorium at East Chapel Hill High School. For more info, call 660-3373.

Also on the bill is the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble's Sixth Annual Day of Rhythm (pictured below)--headed up by the alpha-mom of moms, Yvette Glover (mother of tap legend Savion Glover, and show stealer in her own right). The two-hour show includes an impressive range of styles from rhythm tap to a French-Canadian waltz-clog, and showcases such guest talents as Dianne "Lady Di" Walker and the Triangle's very own Michelle Dorrance. Performances (which will be interpreted for the hearing impaired) are Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. For more info, call 967-9624. --Whitney Vaughan

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