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Cori Terry gets dance advocacy honor

Jan. 29, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Choreographer, dancer and artistic director Cori Terry is this year's recipient of the Community Dance Advocacy Award sponsored by Western Michigan University's Partners in Dance.

The award will be presented at a special dinner at WMU Friday, Feb. 8, prior to that evening's performance of the Winter Concert of Dance at Chenery Auditorium. The award is given to honor a leader or volunteer who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in advancing and supporting dance in the Greater Kalamazoo area.

Partners in Dance created the award to highlight and recognize the extent of dance activity and leadership in the greater Kalamazoo area. The Community Dance Advocacy Award is given annually, with nominations accepted each fall.

Terry is the founder and artistic director of Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers, Kalamazoo's professional modern dance company. Since the founding of the company in 1981, Wellspring has presented numerous concerts at its home in Kalamazoo's Epic Center and throughout the Midwest. The company provides the community with diverse dance programming and has provided children's and adult classes in modern dance to the community for more than 25 years.

A native of Brooklyn, Terry attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, completed her dance training in New York City and joined the Erick Hawkins Dance Company in 1974. She performed and taught in major cities throughout the United States and Europe. In 1980, Terry came to Kalamazoo as an artist-in-residence at WMU and later earned a bachelor's degree from the University. In 1987,

Terry was honored with the Kalamazoo Community Medal of Arts in 1987.

For information about the dinner, contact the Department of Dance at (269) 387-5830.

Media contact: Nina Nelson, (269) 387-5833, nina.nelson@wmich.edu

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