The University at Buffalo’s Zodiaque Dance Company, a student performance group of uncommon commitment and skill, will celebrate its 40th anniversary next week with a series of concerts in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts in Amherst. The company, founded in 1973 by dancer and choreographer Linda Swiniuch, began as a modest troupe and gradually grew into a competitive ensemble as the university’s dance program came into its own.

Alumni from the troupe now work in major dance companies around the world, and many will return for next week’s concerts. They include choreographers Rebecca Guile-Wind, Jon Lehrer, Anne Beck and Roberto Villanueva. Pieces by current UB dance faculty members also will be featured.

The concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, with a gala celebration and performance at 7 p.m. Saturday and a final show at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Center for the Arts’ Drama Theatre. Tickets are $10 to $20 or $40 for Saturday’s gala. Call 645-2787 or visit for more information.

– Colin Dabkowski