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Dance students show off skills in Little Rock
May 05, 2014 | 612 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than two dozen Northwestern State University students and faculty recently attended the American College Dance Festival South Conference in Little Rock, Ark.

 Two choreographic works were presented for adjudication, “Relinquish” by faculty Brett Alan Garfinkel and Kirstin Riehl and “Psychedelic Mood” by student Julian Anderson of Slidell.

  “Relinquish” used music by composer Abel Korzenioski with lighting design by J. Lillian Gray and featured dancers Anderson and Kacey Garrett of Slidell, Claire Cook of Shreveport, Tori Cormier of Lake Charles, Polanco Jones Jr. of Metairie, DeAngelo Renard of Mandeville and Marlee Roberts of Natchitoches.

 “Psychedelic Mood” featured Cormier, Annie Laura Dauzat of Watson, Joshua William DeAlba of Apopka, Fla., Jones, Ebony Johnson and Shangobunmi McAlpine of New Orleans and Roberts with music by Lyz Yearicks and Colton Dixon and lighting design by Mitchell Martin.

 A work by Roberts, “For Sale by Owner,” was presented at an informal concert.

 Riehl, Garfinkel and fellow faculty member Rebecca Morgan taught master classes at the conference.

 The American College Dance Festival Association’s primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments. ACDFA’s sponsorship of regional conferences and the national dance festival provides the venue for students and faculty to engage in three days of performances, workshops, panels and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country.

The conferences also provide the unique 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.  


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