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Dance's Lindsey Thomas wins international award

June 16, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- A recent dance competition in the Czech Republic has resulted in a third international choreography award for a faculty member in the WMU Department of Dance.

Dances by Lindsey Thomas, professor of dance, captured the third place award for choreography in the Prague Festival held in May. This is the third time Thomas' choreography has been recognized at the international level.

Attending the festival, which is by invitation only, were 45 dance groups, representing 21 countries on four continents. Thomas and Nina Nelson, associate professor of dance, competed at the event with 10 WMU dance students. They performed Thomas' works "Mostly Marvin" and "Hey! Paducho."

Thomas received her M.A. from Western Michigan University where she specializes in teaching jazz dance technique and is the dance representative to the Music Theatre B.F.A. Program. Her choreography has been presented at college theatre and dance festivals, as well as Jazz Dance World Congresses in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, and Germany.

"Hey! Pachuco," received first prize in the Leo's Choreography Competition at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1997. Her work is also in repertory of the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 616 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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