2014 American College Dance Festival Press Release

University of Mary Washington Dance Students
Attend the 2014 American College Dance Festival
March 8-11, 2014
George Mason University 

The University of Mary Washington Theater and Dance Department will be represented by eight dance students and two faculty members at The American College Dance Festival, March 8-11, 2014 at George Mason University. The festival provides an amazing opportunity for students to participate in workshops, classes, performances and lectures all geared to compliment their dance and arts education. 

“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.”

Along with dance/movement classes and workshops students will have the opportunity to see the Joffery Ballet at the Center for the Arts as well as “Imagine…a life in Dance” facilitated by Robert Battle - Artistic Director for Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Charlotte d'Amboise - actress and dancer, Deborah Jowitt - dance critic, author, and choreographer, Elizabeth Streb - STREB Company COMPANY and Ashley Wheater - artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet. 

UMW theater and dance student, Covenant Babatunde’s choreographic work “Grave Silence” was selected to be presented in the Informal Concert during the conference, performed by students Lauren Armstrong, Sarah Joy Calpo, Mason Prince, and Edward Yates. 

Dance faculty members Beverly Mendez and Roxann Morgan Rowley will teach during the conference; Ms. Mendez explores improvisation techniques through “Discovering Creativity through Improvisation” and Roxann Morgan Rowley will be teach “Contact Improvisation, Evaluating Touch.”

Attendance of The American College Dance Festival was largely due to the generous support from University of Mary Washington’s Friends of Dance Alumni Association who granted funds to support student and faculty attendance.