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UI Dance Department choreography advances to national dance festival
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa dance department triumphed
in competition at the regional festival of the American College Dance Festival
Association (ACDFA) April 25-29 at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Sixty dances from 31 colleges and universities were submitted for adjudication,
and of the five works selected for the national ACDFA at the Kennedy Center
in Washington, D.C., two were from the UI -- faculty member David Berkey's
"Along Came a Spider" and graduate student Cecil Slaughter's
Slaughter, who came to the UI to pursue his Master of Fine Arts degree
after a career in the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, was also the region's
nominee for the national Best Student Choreographer award.
Since ACDFA rules stipulate that each school can be represented by only
one dance at the national festival, and since Slaughter was nominated for
the choreography award, Berkey's winning piece will be replaced by an alternate
The UI will still be represented by two works, however. Dance department
faculty member Alan Sener set his "Ancorra Insieme" on student
dancers when he was a guest artist at Ball State University in Indiana.
Ball State entered that production in the regional ACDFA competition, and
it was selected to advance to the national festival. The Kennedy Center
will host the national ACDFA May 18-20, and the UI works will be presented
in a showcase concert.
Because not all ACDFA regions held festivals this year, the festival
in Ohio attracted colleges and universities from a wide area of the country.
Among the schools represented were Arizona State, Montclair State in New
Jersey, Colorado State, Kent State, Penn State, Cornell University, the
University of Minnesota, Miami University, the University of Michigan,
Washington University, SUNY-Brockport and Adelphi University. Each school
could submit a maximum of two pieces for adjudication -- one by a faculty
member or guest choreographer, and one by a student choreographer.
ACDFA is a national organization that promotes excellence in college
and university dance through the exchange of information and artistic resources.
In addition to recognizing and rewarding excellence, the competitions at
the regional festivals enable dance departments to compare their standards
and levels of achievement with those of other universities.