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(NOTE TO EDITORS: Video and photography are welcome at the informal showings, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6-7 in the Large Gym of Halsey Hall, and at master classes in the Halsey Hall studios 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1-4:15 p.m. Feb. 5-7. Available light only in all cases.)

UI dance department hosts regional dance festival Feb. 5-8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa dance department will host the Central Regional Festival of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Feb. 5-8. Very limited public seating may be available for the festival's Showcase Concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Space/Place Theatre of North Hall. Admission will be $5.

Very limited seating may also be available for free informal dance showings 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6 and 7, in the Large Gym of UI Halsey Hall. At both the informal showing and the Showcase Concert, it is possible that all available seating will be taken by conference participants, who will be given first priority.

The Showcase Concert features dances selected by adjudicators as the finest works seen among festival entrants. Each school may enter one faculty work and one student work in the festival competition.

The UI entries are "Nero's Fiddle" by faculty member David Berkey, which was seen in the UI Dance Company's Dance Gala, performed in November in Hancher Auditorium; and graduate student Rise Karns' "Church and State," which premiered at the department's Space/Place Concert last spring. "Threshold," by graduate student Kabby Mitchell III, will also be performed in the informal showings.

The UI can boast a remarkable record of success in recent ACDFA festivals. Last season, a UI student dance advanced to the national ACDFA showcase at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and UI student Micah Ornstein was a finalist for the Dance Magazine Award, honoring the nation's finest student dancer.
More than 400 faculty members and students from 23 colleges and universities in Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Wisconsin will come to the UI to participate in the festival. The Central Regional Festival is one of eight regional ACDFA gatherings.

ACDFA is a national educational organization that enables college and university dance departments to exchange information and creative resources, and also to measure their creative and performance standards against those at other schools.

For more information about the ACDFA Central Regional Festival, contact the UI dance department at 319-335-2228. The UI festival coordinator is dance department faculty member Alicia Brown.