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Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival Performances Set

July 15, 2010 -- University of Wyoming Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival public performances are scheduled July 21 and 24.

The free student showcase will be Wednesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

The Festival Gala Concert will be Saturday, July 24, at 4 p.m. in the A&S auditorium. It will feature the visiting resident company performers, the Trey McIntyre Project, as well as student repertory pieces choreographed by the festival's guest faculty members. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $7 for senior citizens. For all concert ticket information, call (307) 766-6666.

Created in 1995 by former faculty member Patricia Tate, the festival continues to provide training, educational support and professional encouragement for Wyoming and regional dance students, teachers, composers, accompanists and choreographers.

This year's festival includes classes for dancers ages 13 and up, including college students and teachers, taught by guest faculty members Susan Israel Massey, Maurice Watson, Tony Waag, Shayne Misroe, Anne Mueller and Daryl Thomas.

"The guest artists provide an enriching experience for the festival dancers" says UW Assistant Professor Jennifer Deckert, who co-directs the festival with Assistant Professor Lawrence Jackson. "Many of them come from small studios where they receive their training from only one mentor teacher. This festival exposes them to different dance styles and viewpoints that are so important to the young artists' development. Festival classes are small enough that students have significant contact with the artists and receive individual attention in classes and rehearsals."

For more information, contact Deckert at (307) 766-3287 or e-mail

Posted on Thursday, July 15, 2010

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