WMU News

Dance students' piece chosen for festival performance

April 1, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- A panel of judges recently selected a piece performed by Western Michigan University dancers for presentation at the gala concert of the Great Lakes Regional American College Dance Festival in Ann Arbor.

Titled "Three Epitaphs," the work was one of 11 chosen for performance from among more than 55 dances from regional colleges and universities submitted to three judges for adjudication. Judges evaluated the dances in the areas of choreography and performance. "Three Epitaphs," by legendary modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor, was evaluated by judges in the area of performance. Local dance audiences may recall that "Three Epitaphs" was performed at the WMU dance department's Winter Concert of Dance in January at Chenery Auditorium.

WMU faculty and staff attended the festival along with dance students. The University of Michigan Department of Dance was host of the event held Feb. 27 to March 2. The festival, staged at a different college or university each year, included master classes, panel discussions, presentations, six adjudication concerts, two informal concerts and nightly concerts at the Power Center. WMU submitted two works for judging and one work for the informal concerts.

WMU instructor David Curwen performed during a faculty concert and taught two ballet master classes during the festival. Trudy Cobb, WMU associate professor of dance, taught two master classes in African American dance.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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