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NSU Dance students attend Mississippi festival and present original work ‘Living Water’
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Students from Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance program attended the annual south regional conference of the American College Dance Festival Association March 12-16 at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss.

 A work choreographed by NSU students Kristi Anne-Lyons and Polanco Jones, “Living Water,” was presented along with a work by Lauren Bovia of Maurepas and Shalem Johnson that will be performed in an informal concert.

 Faculty members Brett Alan Garfinkel, Rebecca Morgan and Kirstin Riehl taught masterclasses and workshops. Garfinkel will present a group work that will be judged by dance professionals.

“Living Water” featured Jones, Kathleen Kerner, Clinisha Chandler, Lauren Bovia and Julian Anderson.

“It started as an assignment for a class. Each of us had to find a partner and create a dance for a benefit concert,” said Lyons. “We created the work for the American Cancer Society.”

Lyons said the work opened in a doctor’s office where each dancer is diagnosed with a different type of cancer. Each of them is initially discouraged to the point they are almost defeated when Bovia encourages them to fight back.

“All of them but Clinisha are able to beat cancer,” said Lyons. “We wanted to be hopeful, but to show that not everyone is able to be cured.”

According to Lyons, the collaboration with Jones has been rewarding.

 “Both Polanco and I are unique and creative,” said Lyons. “He speaks in his own language as he is creating, but I understand him. We came together on the work and allowed the music to inspire us without leading us.”

Lyons was excited about having her work judged by dance professionals and says it is “like a cherry on top for me” as she prepares to graduate in May.

 Students were able to attend the conference thanks to an Organizational Relief Fund Grant from the NSU Student Government Association.

 The Theatre and Dance program will perform “Revelations of Dance” April 19-20 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. The work presented by Garfinkel will be performed. The student works will be performed at a Senior Dance Concert on April 27.
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