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April 22, 2003

UI Dancers Present Demonstrations In Waterloo Schools

Dancers In Company, a touring company from the University of Iowa, will present lecture-demonstrations/classroom talk-backs at four elementary schools in Waterloo April 29 through May 5.

These events, sponsored by a grant from the Principal Insurance Company, will be presented:
* 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Roosevelt Elementary;
* 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Elk Run Elementary;
* 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at McKinstry Elementary; and
* 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, at the Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence

These events will mark the third year that Dancers in Company has performed at each of these schools. The goal of the grant from the Principal Insurance Company is to target high-need elementary schools with large minority populations in Waterloo. Dancers In Company was chosen as a vehicle to bring dance to those who typically have little access to the arts, including dance, which is probably the most underrepresented art form in our schools and communities.

These events are part of a busy season of concerts and educational activities for Dancers in Company, including performances and/or discussions in Iowa City, Burlington, and Orange City in March, Coralville, Lamoni, Estherville, and Waterloo in April, and Okoboji and Waterloo 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 2003
Dancers in Company repertory features:
* "Hard to Be There," choreographed by Alan Sener, and set to music by Ludovic Navarre;
* "Dissatisfaction," choreographed by Charlotte Adams, and set to Chopin waltzes;
* the world premiere of "Broken Bits," choreographed by guest artist Miguel Gutierrez, featuring various Russian techno songs;
* "Sintax," choreographed by graduate student Britt Keel, with music by Maurice Ravel;
* the premiere of "Liebeslieder," choreographed by Jeffery Bullock and featuring Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, op. 52; and
* "National Passion," choreographed by Armando Duarte, and set to original scores by Dance Department accompanist Paul Cunliffe, and including excerpts of live narration of Brazilian soccer games.

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 Leslie Finer at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to <leslie-finer@uiowa.edu>. A free Arts Share program guide including artist roster is available at the Arts Share office in Halsey Hall, 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 and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu. Writer: Tom Derr.