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Dance students earn regional ACDA recognition

Texas Woman’s University dance students earned regional recognition at the annual South-Central American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference, with two works selected for the regional Gala Evening performance.

Three students performing the

"Take Five"

The conference, held March 16-19 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, is designed to highlight the outstanding quality of choreography and performance that is being created on college and university campuses. The TWU Department of Dance submitted three works choreographed by graduate students. The two dance pieces submitted to the refereed venue and subsequently chosen for the Gala Evening performance were “post-it note monologues,” choreographed by Lauren Miller and “Take Five,” with choreography by Hyun Jung Chang. “More Than Time Stolen,” choreographed by Azaria Hogans, was submitted to a non-refereed venue. 

TWU dance students performing the

"Post-it note monologues"

Mary Williford-Shade, professor and chair of the TWU Department of Dance and co-coordinator of the TWU School of the Arts, said it is unusual that the two refereed dances – chosen for the Gala performance from among 40 peer-reviewed dances – were choreographed by students. Most universities choose faculty and/or guest artist choreography for regional competition, she said.

"We at TWU are not only passionate about being student-centered, but we are dedicated to the idea that it is our educational responsibility to put students first, providing them with multiple opportunities where they can demonstrate their creative excellence and artistic achievements in real-world contexts,” Williford-Shade said.

 Three TWU students performing the choreographed work

"More Than Time Stolen"

"Post-it note monologues” featured Tiffany Bierly, Alyssa Dunlap, Jessica Murphy and Najwa Seyedmorteza. “Take Five” performers were Azaria Hogans, Martheya Nygaard and Najwa Seyedmorteza. “More Than Time Stolen” featured Ariel Lewis, Briyona Whitley and Taryn McDaniel.

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