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University of Iowa News Release

March 27, 2003

UI Dance Department Again Makes Strong Festival Showing

The University of Iowa Dance Department again made a strong showing at the regional American College Dance Festival, held this year at the University of Northern Iowa March 13-16. Adjudicators choose two UI student works, Tony Orrico's "Within Reach" and Britt Keel's "Sintax," to be showcased in the festival's gala concert.

Critical kudos went not only to the graduate-student choreographers, but also to the student dancers and the lighting designs by staff member Gary Holmquist.

In all, four UI works were shown at the festival, including solos by faculty member Alan Sener in a faculty/guest artist concert and graduate student Dan Stark in an informal concert. Fourteen UI students and faculty members performed at the festival, which is sponsored by the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA).

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.

Because the ACDFA is not organizing a national festival this year, selection to the regional gala concerts is the highest honor available to student choreographers and dancers in 2002-2003.

The UI's strong showing at the regional festival continues a remarkable run of ACDFA success. Since 1990, productions from the UI Dance Department have been selected for every regional festival gala concert, and UI dances have been showcased at all but one of the biennial National College Dance Festivals.

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

CONTACT: Media: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, Program: Dance faculty member Alan Sener,