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TWU students to perform at National College Dance Festival


 DENTON — Elyse Cox, a Texas Woman’s University master of fine arts in dance student from Greenville, S.C., will present her work on the national stage during the American College Dance Festival Association’s (ACDFA) National College Dance Festival in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Cox’s “Same As It Ever Was” — which she will perform with Erin Bailey, a fellow MFA in dance student at TWU — is one of 30 dances from colleges and universities in the United States chosen for performance during the festival, which runs May 24-27 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “Same As It Ever Was” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27. For more information, visit

“I’m very excited to represent TWU,” Ms. Cox said. “I feel very proud of the TWU Department of Dance.”

She describes the concept of the piece as “fleeting moments and pictures. It’s time and nostalgia – bittersweet, with lingering happy feelings.”

Sarah Gamblin, TWU associate professor of dance, said, “Elyse makes highly conceptual work that engages broad audiences. She instigates abstract ideas in sophisticated humanistic ways.”

Ms. Cox’s choreography of the dance was planned; her participation happened, quite literally, by accident.

Ms. Cox said she initially conceived the dance as a solo, then as a duet for Ms. Bailey and Erika Record, also an MFA student in dance at TWU. However, Ms. Record sprained her ankle on the day of adjudication at TWU, so Ms. Cox stepped in as a dancer. The piece was selected to represent TWU at the regional ACDFA conference held in March in Laredo. Dances must be presented at the regional conference exactly as they were adjudicated, so Ms. Cox became both choreographer and performer.

The dance was one of four – and the only work by a university student – selected from the ACDFA’s south central conference selected for the national festival. It is the second consecutive national award for TWU in the biennial competition. In 2010, a work by Jose Zamora, then an MFA student in dance, was selected.

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