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Release: March 24, 2000
UI Dance Department triumphs again in regional American College Dance
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
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
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.