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Hundreds of dancers swarm campus

March 4, 2008

KALAMAZOO--More than 450 dance students, instructors and professionals invade the campus of Western Michigan University Wednesday through Saturday, March 5-8, for the Eastern Central Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association.

This marks the fourth time WMU has been chosen to host the conference, which draws attendees from 27 colleges and universities. Due to the overwhelmingly large registered attendance, concerts and other festival events are not open to the public.

The convention will consist of master classes, adjudicated concerts, and other opportunities for faculty and student interaction. Adjudicators for the event will be Claire Bataille, Donald McKayle and Igal Perry. Events are scheduled to take place in several buildings around WMU's main Kalamazoo campus, including the Dalton Center, Gilmore Theatre Complex, Kohrman Hall, Richmond Center for Visual Arts, and Miller Auditorium.

The American College Dance Festival Association supports the talent and creativity that is prominent in college and university dance departments throughout the nation. It sponsors 10 regional conferences as well as a national dance festival. The conferences provide college and university dance programs the opportunity to perform outside of their own academic settings and to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum.

For more information on the Eastern Central Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association, please visit www.wmich.edu/dance or contact the WMU Department of Dance at (269) 387-5830.

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

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