Dancers prepare for festival

Posted Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 12:00am

College of Eastern Utah dance department is traveling to have two pieces adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival hosted at the University of Wyoming on March 8-11 in Laramie. CEU is a member of the ACDF.

According to dance instructor Carolyn Gwyther, she is traveling nine students to perform two numbers at the festival. Choreographed by Jeff Fazzio, "Birds" will be performed by Chanelle Flores, Courtney Young, Joe Beauregard, Jessica Babcock, Ashley Babcock, Henry Sanchez, Phryne Elliston and Andrea Dillingham. Choreographed by Arai Wood, "Bound Destination" will be performed by Rachel Jenson, Flores and Young.

CEU is one of four two-year colleges who are having pieced adjudicated at the conference. Besides CEU, Western Wyoming Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Casper College are having their pieces adjudicated. Other Utah four-year schools participating include Weber State University, University of Utah and Brigham Young University.

The American College Dance Festival Association's primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments.

ACDFA's sponsorship of regional conferences and the national dance festival provides the venue for students and faculty to engage in three days of performances, workshops, panels, and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country.

The conferences also provide the unique opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. Culminating with the presentation of pieces selected for their exemplary artistic quality, the conferences are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world.

ACDFA has established ten regions throughout the country for organizational purposes and maintains a strong regional structure through its regional representatives and institutional membership to help facilitate the exchange of information. Colleges and universities can attend regional conferences and present one or two works for adjudication.

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