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UW Hosts Northwest Conference Dance Festival March 8-11

March 7, 2006 -- Several public performances will be offered when the University of Wyoming hosts 27 colleges and universities attending the Northwest Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association Wednesday through Saturday, March 8-11.

"Performances will have every aspect of dance you can imagine, from jazz to modern to ballet," says Marsha Knight, UW professor and festival coordinator. "The festival is an example of excellence in college dance. Rather than a competition, it is an opportunity to showcase choreography."

All public performances are in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center box office or by calling 766-6666 or visiting

Alvin Ailey II, one of the nation's most popular young dance companies, launches the festival with an 8 p.m. Cultural Programs’ performance March 8. Tickets cost $16 for students and seniors and $20 for others.

Thursday and Friday, students will attend master dance classes and workshops and each night will perform adjudicated concerts of the works prepared for the festival. Adjudication performances, free and open to the public, will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The festival culminates with a Gala Performance of the conference's best works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Select dances from the Gala Performance will represent the Northwest Region at the National Festival May 16-18. Gala tickets cost $8 for students and seniors and $12 for the general public.

Choreographer Claire Porter, choreographer and artistic director Bill Evans and dance critic and senior editor of the "Village Voice" Elizabeth Zimmer will serve as festival adjudicators.

Posted on Tuesday, March 07, 2006


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