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TWU students to perform at the National College Dance Festival


 TWU students perform “Curios y Serpentinas” during the recent TWU Art Walk at the Denton campus.  From left: José Zamora; TWU dance students Andrea Mosher (left) and DeDe Dixon;  TWU dance student Matthew Cumbie, recent TWU alumna Monique Rocha and TWU dance student Paola Martinez perform “Curious y Serpentinas.”

Photo credit: Shannon Drawe

DENTON — A dance choreographed by Texas Woman’s University master of fine arts in dance student José Zamora will be performed during the National College Dance Festival in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Zamora’s “Curios y Serpentinas” is one of 31 dances from colleges and universities in the U.S. chosen for performance during the festival, which runs from May 27 to May 29 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “Curious y Serpentinas” will be presented on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center. For more information, visit

“As a choreographer, it is amazing to be recognized on the national level,” said Mr. Zamora, of Mission. “I am so grateful that I can provide my dancers with this incredible opportunity, as we all have dedicated ourselves to bringing this piece to life.”

The 13 TWU dance students who will perform “Curios y Serpentinas” with Mr. Zamora at the National College Dance Festival are: Christina Castillo of Houston; Laura Cruz of Harlingen; DeAmber Houston-Dailey of Austin; Amanda Jackson of Houston; Claudia Melissa Vera of Brownsville; Juan Pablo Montes of Mission; Alexandra Benavidez of Odessa; Daisy Aguilar of Houston; Lily Sloan of Troy, Mich.; Paola Martinez of Houston; Andrea Mosher of McAllen; Matthew Cumbie of Pasadena; and Kasi Kirkpatrick of Odessa.

According to Mr. Zamora, “Curios y Serpentinas,” which translates to “curious, odd people and streamers,” is inspired by the idea of going to work and celebrates individuality, community and perseverance.

“I was interested in how dancers have the ability to enter the stage and bring characters to life, and at the same time be themselves. I am always in awe with our ability to leave stress behind and create a celebration through performance,” Mr. Zamora said.

“José is an emerging choreographer who creates dances that are a combination of highly rhythmic movement patterns, energetic performance and rich engagement between dances and audience,” Mary Williford-Shade, TWU professor of dance, said. “This audience excitement drives Jose to transform physicality into theatricality and theatricality into art as entertainment.”

The National College Dance Festival is a biennial event, sponsored by the American College Dance Festival Association, which showcases dances selected by nationally recognized adjudicators at each of the ten regional conferences based on outstanding artistic excellence and merit.

Mr. Zamora premiered “Curios y Serpentinas” last fall during a TWU Dance Department concert series. TWU faculty selected the piece to represent TWU at the South Central American College Dance Festival held in April in Lafayette, La. Mr. Zamora’s dance is one of four dances from the regional South Central American College Dance Festival selected for the National College Dance Festival.


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