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July 18, 2008

Goudie-Averill is the new coordinator of the UI Dance Forum's Youth Ballet

Eleanor Goudie-Averill, who received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Department of Dance in 2007, has been appointed coordinator of the UI Youth Ballet.

The Youth Ballet is part of the department's community education and outreach program, the UI Dance Forum. The Youth Ballet School offers a full schedule of classes throughout the school year and a summer session, and the UI Youth Ballet presents spring and fall performances.

Goudie-Averill has worked with young dancers in both community and conservatory programs, and her professional performing and choreographic experiences encompass a wide range of classical and contemporary styles.

As a UI MFA student, she taught beginning, continuing and intermediate-level ballet classes and led sessions in the UI Arts Share Summer Program.

She was subsequently appointed as a visiting professor of ballet and pointe/variations at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She is currently living in New York, where she teaches ballet at the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village and recently performed in a production of "Daphnis and Chloe" at the Dance Theater Workshop.

Goudie-Averill's UI connections run deep. Her father is poet Thomas Fox Averill, who is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a faculty member in the UI Summer Writing Festival.

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