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Release: March 16, 2001

UI Dancers in Company visits three Waterloo schools March 27-29

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dancers in Company, the touring repertory ensemble of the University of Iowa dance department, will visit three Waterloo-area elementary schools March 27-29.

The Waterloo tour will include a lecture/demonstration at Grant Elementary School on March 27, a workshop at McKinstry Elementary School on March 28, and lecture/demonstrations at Elk Run Elementary School and McKinstry Elementary School on March 29.

The events are part of a busy season of concerts and educational activities for Dancers in Company, including performances and/or discussions in Iowa City, Muscatine, Coralville and Dubuque in March, and a formal concert in Ft. Madison in May.

The 12-member ensemble, which is chosen by audition, provides UI dance students with practical experience similar to that encountered by professional touring dance companies. The student dancers are required to maintain a diverse repertory while coping with travel and performing in a variety of facilities. Co-directors of the company are faculty members Jeffery Bullock and Charlotte Adams.

The Dancers in Company repertory features a wide variety of dance styles, from ballet to modern dance to ethnic movement, including dances selected especially for educational events with young audiences.

The 2001 Dancers in Company repertory features Adams’ "Big Bucks for LuLu," a circus-flavored piece choreographed for the UI Dance Company’s Dance Gala 2000 last fall in Hancher Auditorium; the ballet "Of Grace, Harmony and Joy," a trio by graduate student Penny Askew; another Dance Gala 2000 piece, the energetic "Teeth" by faculty member Alan Sener, featuring music by Naked Funk, Coldcut and Pressure Funk; Bullock’s "On an Overgrown Path," a poetic dance with music by Janacek; and "When I Dream" by faculty member Armando Duarte, set to music by Bobby McFerrin.

Dancers in Company will also perform two pieces by guest choreographers, the dance/theater piece "Rocky Mountain Low" by UI alumna Sara Semonis; and a new work to music by Messaien, choreographed by David Capps, a dance faculty member at the University of Colorado. Capps is the artistic director of David Capps/Dances.

The 2001 company members are undergraduates Julie Hawkins, Bronwen Healy, Kristen Kramer, Jennifer Nakashima, Jennifer Otto, Jessica Panosh, Emily Price, Katie Shea, Melinda Sloane, Daniel Spak and Rachel Linnea Urie, and graduate student Audra Sokol.

Dancers in Company 2001 performances and educational events have been made possible through the support of Target, Alliant Energy and Principal Financial Group.

Dancers in Company tours under the auspices of the UI Arts Share program. Arts Share is a UI program that provides artistic expertise from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local arts councils, community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and the surrounding region.

The Arts Share roster of touring artists includes more than 70 faculty members, ensembles, and graduate students in the performing, visual and literary arts.

For more information about Arts Share, contact program director Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to <d-kenney-handler@uiowa.edu>.

A free Arts Share program guide including artist roster is available at the Arts Share office, 2077 Voxman Music Building, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.

The Dance Department is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.