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UVU selected to perform original piece at National College Dance Festival

6 June 2016 No Comment

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Layton Shumway | 801-863-6863 | Lshumway@uvu.edu

Written by: Barbara Christiansen | 801-863-8208 | BarbaraC@uvu.edu

Utah Valley University will join 30 other colleges and universities from across the country to perform at the National College Dance Festival on June 9–11 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

UVU was one of three schools from the American College Dance Association’s Northwest Region selected to perform at the national festival – the first time UVU has earned this honor. Students Jocelyn Smith and Lyndi Coles will perform “Still Life With Flight,” an original piece with choreography by UVU assistant professor of dance Sarah Donohue.

“This is a huge honor,” Donohue said. “I think it puts UVU on the map as a growing university and dance department and a school that cares about the arts.”

Donohue said the festival is a unique opportunity for networking on a national level — a vital component for aspiring professional dancers — and a chance to allow her students to perform on a bigger stage.

“I think what’s really exciting is this is the first time UVU is representing the Northwest Region at the national level,” Smith said. “I feel really excited to be a part of that. There will be so many people from all over the country who I’m just thrilled to rub shoulders with.”

Smith, who has already earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in modern dance from UVU, is working toward a second bachelor’s degree in dance education. She said she is looking forward to taking the knowledge and experience of a national performance into the classroom at Provo High School this fall, where she will intern as a teacher.

“The world of dance is asking for more versatile dancers, and UVU has prepared me to become my own artist and have a voice in that world,” Smith said.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Coles added. “It feels like nothing I’ve ever experienced when I perform – I feel like I’ve really accomplished something. I’m ecstatic to perform at this level.”

The festival features outstanding college and university dance performances presented in the Terrace Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The dances will be performed in three different programs presented at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day of the three-day festival.

For more information, contact UVU assistant professor of dance Sarah Donohue at 801-856-4028 or visit www.acda.dance .


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