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Nov. 1, 2011

PHOTO: Joanna Rosenthal Read

Dance alumni return to the UI to teach, and to perform Nov. 11 and 12

Several alumni of the University of Iowa Department of Dance will conclude a week of teaching and rehearsals with two free performances of works they are creating and performing across the country at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, in the Space Place Theater of North Hall.

The Dance Alumni Week performances will include:

--"St. Vitus Dance" by Elizabeth June Bergman (MFA 2009), who is now teaching at the UI. Her choreographic and improvisatory work has been produced in Minneapolis, Omaha, New York City, Iowa, and, most recently, in San Antonio as part of the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival.

--"Kick-Stand" by Jacqueline Stewart (BFA 2007), who went from the UI to Thodos Dance Chicago as a dancer and choreographer. She is currently dancing for Yin Yue Dance New York, and she has choreographed for Poetic Rebound Company, Open House Dance Chicago, Dance Chance Chicago. and Chicago Takes Off. Last year she won the grand prize of the A.W.A.R.D. Show: Chicago from the Joyce Theatre Foundation.

--"Ima" by Vladimir Conde Reche (MFA 2008), who has danced extensively with the Cisne Negro Dance Company and Ballet Stagiun, and has worked with choreographers from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, New Zealand, United States, France, Germany, and Portugal. He is now on the faculty of the University of New Mexico, where his "Rocky Horror" choreography will soon premiere.

--"P.S.A" by Nicole Morford (BFA 2007), a yoga teacher and founder of the Poetic Rebound Performance Company, which has performed throughout Iowa, as well as in Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Indianapolis.

--"Convictions" and "Platform" by former Iowa Youth Ballet director Ellie Goudi-Averill (MFA 2007), who now directs the Stone Depot Dance Lab, and dances for McArthur Dance Project and Group Motion Dance Company in Philadelphia. She is currently adjunct faculty at Temple University and has served as a visiting faculty member at Bucknell University

--"The Truth About Almonds" by Analia Alegre-Fermenias (MFA 2008), a certified Pilates instructor who directs Dance Knots Tour, which takes U.S. dancers to the Caribbean. She has performed or shown work in New York, Iowa, Chicago, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, and the Dominican Republic.

--"The Toss Away(s)" by Amy Lynne Barr (MFA 2011), who has performed and choreographed for companies in Indiana, Arizona, and Iowa. Her performances at the UI included the premiere of Martha Clarke's "In the Night" last fall.

--"It is What it Is" by Joanna Rosenthal Read (MFA 2008), artistic director of the Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre. She danced for seven years with Mordine & Company and for five years with Lucky Plush Productions, as well as working with a variety of independent choreographers.

--"Women of the Cove" by Jennifer Medina (MFA 2002), who spent most of her performing career with the Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company in Kansas City, and she recently founded Common Thread Contemporary Dance in St. Louis. Her choreography has been performed throughout the United States, and she recently was commissioned by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.

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