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Feb. 27, 2006

UI Dance Department Hosts Regional American College Dance Festival March 11-15

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will host the North Central Regional Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) March 11-15 with several performances open to the public, including a David Berkey Retrospective, a World Dance Concert and a culminating Gala Concert.

The public events are:

-- the David Berkey Retrospective, honoring the choreographic genius of the long-time faculty member who passed away in 2004, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11, in Hancher Auditorium (full information about the concert can be accessed on the Web at;

-- the World Dance Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12, in the historic Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City;

-- free adjudication concerts at 6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, March 12-14, in Hancher Auditorium; and

-- the free Gala Concert at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in Hancher.

The World Dance Concert will include Afro-Cuban dance, Chinese martial arts movement, Russian folk dance, Mexican folkloric dance, Hawaiian hula, Japanese butoh, American clogging, Pakistani ethnic dance and American jazz dance. The concert will feature productions from the UI, Illinois State University, St. Olaf College, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

The adjudication concerts will present works from which the judges will select a program of dances that will be showcased in the Gala Concert on Wednesday. Conference adjudicators Denise Jefferson, Joe Goode and Gabriel Masson will critique nearly 50 dances during the concerts Sunday through Tuesday.

They will also choose works to represent the region at the organization's National College Dance Festival, to be held in May at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Goode will return to the UI with his company, the Joe Goode Performance Group, for a March 31 performance in Hancher. Information is available at

More than 30 colleges and universities will be represented by more than 550 participants, who will take part in an array of ACDFA master classes, lectures, social events, panels, workshops and performances.

In addition to 160 master classes taught by faculty and graduate students from the participating schools, the schedule includes classes by River North Dance Chicago's Mary Jo Irbe, Chicago hip-hop artist Kasper, and Trisha Brown company member Tony Orrico. Other distinguished guest master class teachers include UI alumnus and former faculty member Jeffery Bullock and Chinese folk dance instructor Xuebing Su who is in residence from the Beijing Dance Academy.

Tickets for the David Berkey Retrospective are available from the Hancher Auditorium box office, 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER, or on-line at

Tickets for the World Dance Concert are $10; UI student and youth $5. For information, call the Englert at 319-688-2653.

ACDFA exists to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity at college and university dance departments throughout the United States. ACDFA's sponsorship of regional conferences and the national dance festival provides the venue for students and faculty to engage in performances, workshops, panels and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country.

The conferences also provide the opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. Culminating with the presentation of pieces selected for their exemplary artistic quality, the conferences are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world.

ACDFA has established 10 regions for organizational purposes, but colleges and universities may attend any regional conference and may present one or two works for adjudication.

The National College Dance Festival is a biennial event that showcases works selected from each regional conference for presentation on gala concerts at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. The event in May of 2006 will be the 12th national festival.

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

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