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Feb. 26, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Dancers earn ACDFA Gala slots

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Solo choreography by Mary Regney, a Slippery Rock University dance major from Beaver, and a dance by Tara Madsen, an SRU 2004 dance graduate, were selected for The American College Dance Festival Association East Central Conference 2013 Gala last week at Oakland University.

The Gala concert features the top adjudicated dances at the festival, said Ursula Payne, SRU professor of dance and department chair. Eleven of 45 dances were selected for presentation at the Gala, based on artistry, performance and choreography, she said.

Regney performed “As My Bones Break” while 10 SRU dance majors performed Madsen’s “Breaking Ground.”

Payne said adjudicators described Regney as a “superb” dancer, while the group dance was described as “an excellent study in composition.”

“Both of our dances got into the Gala, which is a great accomplishment,” Payne said. “Slippery Rock University, The Ohio State University and Western Michigan University were the only schools that had two dances represented at the Gala. OSU and WMU are both BFA programs and OSU also has graduate and doctoral programs in dance. So that is great company considering we are a bachelor’s program.”

The festival showcased more than 450 dancers from 28 university dance programs, plus 60 faculty members. The festival included workshops, master classes, adjudicated concerts and the closing Gala.

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