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UVU To Present Fifth Annual Choreography Design Project

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January 30, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6807

Utah Valley University, in conjunction with the Utah Regional Ballet, will present the fifth annual Choreography Design Project Feb. 1- 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center’s Ragan Theater.

The Choreography Design Project is a unique opportunity for budding choreographers to compete for recognition and awards. Funded by an Orem City CARE grant and the UVU Dance Department, dance majors submit applications, are judged, and perform a sample of their work prior to the selection of six finalists. The finalists then spent two weeks choreographing Utah Regional Ballet dancers for this weekend’s events.

“It’s really an exciting thing,” said Jacqueline Colledge, artistic director of the Utah Regional Ballet and UVU dance faculty member. “The choreographers get to see their work up on the stage, and the dancers get to learn six very different pieces in a short time and perform them. It’s a win-win for both.”

This year’s finalists are, in the Emerging Division: UVU dance major Kristine Keliiliki, and BYU dance major Katie Horne; in the Pre-Professional Division: UVU dance major Mary Weber, and BYU dance major Hilary Wolfley; and in the Professional Division: Erik Stern from Weber State University, and Jessica Pearson from the University of Utah.

Outside professionals, not associated with UVU or its dancers, will be judging the event. They have been chosen to represent ballet, modern and contemporary styles. One of the judges, a Juilliard School professor, will be flying in from New York to participate in the event.

“These performances of the Choreography Design Project are favorites for our students and community audiences,” Colledge said. “I am thrilled with the growth physically and emotionally by our Company dancers as they learn varying styles from these choreographers. It really gives our audiences the opportunity to see the diversity of our company.”

Tickets will be on sale at the door, and are $15 for general admission, and $8 for students and seniors. At Saturday’s performance, the competition’s choreographers will greet audience members at 6:45 p.m. in the lobby prior to the show.

UVU dance students Robert Tyler Burkett and Mary Weber

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About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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