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Students bring classic ballet to life at dance festival

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March 20, 2013

Student dancers from left to right: Laura Elizabeth Martin, Morgan Henry, Hailey Powell, Julia Richardson.Student dancers from left to right: Laura Elizabeth Martin, Morgan Henry, Hailey Powell, Julia Richardson.Georgia College students took their talents to the American College Dance Festival Association’s conference in Tampa, Fla. last week.

They joined with more than 500 dance students and faculty members from dozens of states for the four-day event.

The American College Dance Festival Association's primary focus is to support and promote the creativity and the talent in college and university dance departments across the country.

“At the conference, the four students participated in workshops and classes and observed performances by students at other universities,” said Amelia Pelton, director of dance at Georgia College. “Many of the schools represented also brought a piece to perform.”

The Georgia College students performed the ballet “Pas de Quatre,” originally choreographed in 1845.

“It took a lot of hard work to prepare the historical ballet,” said Morgan Henry, junior, psychology major and dance minor. “We had to learn about each dancer we represented and the history of the piece.”

Judges critiqued the less than 12-minute performance and gave feedback to the dancers."Pas de Quatre" ballet."Pas de Quatre" ballet.

“We were the only classical ballet performance at the conference,” said Pelton.  “The feedback we received just blew us away. The judges said they were glad to see someone bring the classic back to life.”

Along with performing, the students and faculty members were able to network with other professionals and learn new techniques.

“I took a couple of classes and stepped outside the boundaries of the traditional dance I’ve been involved in since I was four,” said Julia Richardson, senior, mass communications major. “The Afro-fusion class allowed me to see a different style of dance and challenged me choreographically.”

This is the second year Georgia College’s dance minor program has participated in the festival.

For more information about the dance minor program at Georgia College, email amelia.pelton@gcsu.edu.

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