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Release: March 24, 2000

UI Dance Department triumphs again in regional American College Dance Festival

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa dance department has once again triumphed in the regional American College Dance Festival, with a student production of choreography by faculty member Charlotte Adams winning an invitation to the National College Dance Festival of the American College Dance Festival Association, to be held May 18-20 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Adam's choreography to music by Rossini, "The Poetry of Physics," which was premiered in November at the UI Dance Company's annual Dance Gala in Hancher Auditorium, was one of 24 dances in the country invited to the national ACDFA. ACDFA rules stipulate that each school can be represented by only one dance production.

Twenty-four UI student dancers performed at the regional festival March 15-18 at Wichita State University, both in Adams' work and in choreography by graduate students E.E. Balcos and Simone Ferros.

The UI's strong showing at the regional festival continues a remarkable run of success. In the 1990s, dance productions from the UI dance department were selected for every regional festival gala concert, and UI dances were showcased at all but one of the biennial National College Dance Festivals.

Three UI artists -- faculty member David Berkey and graduate students Er-dong Hu and Jeffrey Bullock -- also captured three of Dance Magazine's national ACDFA individual awards for outstanding choreography and performance during the '90s.

ACDFA, founded in 1973, 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.