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April 19, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU dance students earn scholarships to Hawaii festival

Michelle Russ, a Slippery Rock University dance major from Frostburg, Md., and Erica Burke, a secondary education major from Wellsboro, have been awarded the only two out-of-state scholarships from the Asia Pacific Dance Festival to attend its three-week festival in Honolulu in July.

The $2,500 scholarships will cover full tuition equivalent to seven credits transferable to SRU, said Melissa Teodoro, SRU assistant professor of dance. She will attend the conference with the students.

“The quality of their application packet and written essays were outstanding and stood out amongst other applications,” she said.

Shawna Tyson, Erin Mckenna and Jennie Malone, dance majors from Muncy, Colchester, Conn., and Bethel Park, will also participate in the festival.

The dance festival offers performances, lectures, dance technique-based courses and repertory workshops in various Asian and Pacific Island cultures. This year the cultures featured will be Taiwan, New Zealand and Hawaii. Master choreographers, teachers and dance companies will be travelling from New Zealand, Taiwan and the island of Oahu to teach.

“Our SRU students will have the opportunity to interact and study under these master choreographers and teachers from various cultures and mingle with other dance majors from other universities in the U.S. who will also be attending the festival,” Teodoro said.

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