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Students Receive Scholarships to Attend UW Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival

June 23, 2006 -- In recognition of their dance talents, students in seven states have received scholarships to attend the 12th Annual Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival (SRSDF) July 19-30 at the University of Wyoming.

Several students also have been invited to serve as SRSDF counselors for the festival, hosted by the UW Department of Theatre and Dance.

More than 80 students will come to UW for the 11-day intensive study with professional dance faculty and performers. Past festival participants have come from Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Utah and California.

Since 1995, the festival has provided training, educational support and professional encouragement for Wyoming and regional dance students, teachers, composers, accompanists and choreographers. Professional dancers, dancers-in-training, and teachers come together to learn, explore and perform the many facets of dance.

The 2006 festival once again will include instruction for dancers and choreographers ages 13 and above. Classes will be taught by returning guest faculty members Yoav Kaddar, Peter Pucci, Keith Saunders, Gail Benedict, Susan Israel Massey and Lawrence Jackson.

Former festival director and UW professor Marsha Knight says the guest artists offer an enriching experience for the festival dancers -- especially since many of them come from modest studios with one mentor teacher.

In addition to daily ballet, modern, jazz and tap technique classes at various levels, festival activities include repertoire classes with guest faculty, student showcase performances, guest faculty lectures, discussion groups, and special performances and concerts featuring Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, the festival's visiting resident company.

The Student Showcase, featuring student work and a memorial service for festival founder Pat Tate, will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 26. Admission is free. The Dance Festival Gala Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, will include Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and student repertory pieces choreographed by guest faculty.

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago also will give a solo performance Friday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. All performances are on the Fine Arts Center main stage.

Tickets cost $10.50 in advance and $12.50 at the door for the July 28 and July 29 concerts. Call The Fine Arts Center box office at (307) 766-6666 or visit for ticket information.

For additional festival information contact Margaret Wilson at or (307) 766-5138.

The 2006 SRSDF scholarship recipients, counselors and assistant directors/interns are:

Aurora -- Bridget Bose, assistant director/intern; and Samantha Harmon, scholarship.
Denver -- Maura McKay, scholarship.
Elizabeth -- Jazz Privratsky, scholarship.
Fort Collins -- Ben Bigler, scholarship; and Appelles Morales, counselor.
Loveland -- Katrine Despain, counselor.

Scottsbluff -- Dailee Deaver and Darci Deaver, scholarships; and Danielle Deaver, counselor.

Bismarck -- Andrea Berglund and Carly Crane, scholarships.

Philadelphia -- Kareem Goodwin, scholarship.

Pierre -- Rachel Knutson, counselor.

Hurricane -- Madeline Birch and Hannah Birch, scholarships.
North Logan -- Lucas Anderson, scholarship.
Salt Lake City -- Jordan Wonnacott, scholarship.

Casper -- Callie Bishop and Lindsey Dodds, scholarships; and Marlo Tanner, assistant director/intern.
Gillette -- Christine Bradberry and Sarah Hill, scholarships; and Stephanie Thomas, counselor.
Green River -- Ceira Lee, scholarship.
Laramie -- Ashlie Smith, Taylour Smith and Tiffany Young, scholarships.

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2006


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