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University of Iowa News Release

May 3, 2006

UI Youth Ballet And Dance Present Spring Concert May 21

The University of Iowa Youth Ballet and Dance Forum, community programs of the UI Dance Department, will present its Spring Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The UI Youth Ballet will perform a new ballet, "Unbroken," choreographed by instructor Tad Snider, with original piano music composed and performed by Hayk Aresnyan, a member of the musical faculty of the Youth Ballet and Dance Forum.

The company will also perform "Paquita" under the direction of Grace Snider, the director of the Youth Ballet.

Dance Forum students will present excerpts from Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" with choreography by instructor Jennifer Kelzenberg and Kathryn Smith, the administrative director of Dance Forum.

The Youth Ballet and Dance Forum students, between the ages of 7 and 17, are from Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids and Washington.

The Youth Ballet's mission is to provide committed students the professional-level training that will equip them for a future in dance. Dance Forum's mission is to provide the highest quality of dance education in a setting that is developmentally appropriate and artistically stimulating.

Both the Youth Ballet program and Dance Forum offer year-round classes for children through adults in all levels of ballet. The programs also offer modern dance, body conditioning, creative movement, summer ballet camps and ballet intensive classes for intermediate to advanced students. Throughout the year they sponsor master classes taught by a variety of guest artists.

Many of the UI Youth Ballet students auditioned and were accepted into the 2006 Joffrey summer program in Austin, Tex.

Tad Snider was a full scholarship student at the Houston Ballet Academy at age 18, and he was invited to join the company at age 20. During his professional career, he had the privilege of learning from some of the finest dancers and choreographers in the world.

Grace Snider trained at Colorado Ballet School, the American Ballet School and Houston Ballet Academy before being invited to join Houston Ballet at age 16. She performed extensively both domestically and internationally before retiring from professional dance in 2000.

Jennifer Kelzenberg -- a product of Dance Forum and the UI Talented and Gifted Program -- trained at the professional level with Joffrey Ballet New York and Ballet Chicago. She is a certified Pilates instructor in the Stott method, using her training from both disciplines to give young dancers the advantage of added strength, endurance and flexibility.

Kathryn Smith received her bachelor's degree in dance performance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where she also danced with the Kansas City Ballet. She holds a master's degree in dance from the UI and has been teaching dance for more than 25 years.

Tickets are $12 (students $6; free admission for children under 2) and may be purchased in advance from the University Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union. In addition to window sales at the IMU, the University Box Office may be reached by phone at 319-335-3041 or toll-free 800-346-4401. The fax number is 319-335-3407. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5-9 p.m. Sunday. In addition to cash and checks, the University Box Office accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards.

Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door.

North Hall is located at the north end of Madison Street on the UI campus. It is accessible from both Madison Street and the Anne Cleary Walk. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Ramp.

The Dance Department is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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