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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU To Host Florida Dance Educators Organization All-State Honors Dance Concert

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 8, 2008) – The department of theater and dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will host the Florida Dance Educators Organization All-State Honors Dance Concert on Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m. in the University Theater on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   The event is being presented as part of the Florida Dance Education Organization’s (FDEO) 7 th annual conference, “Defining Dance Education.” This year’s conference is hosted by FAU, and will feature professional dancers and the National Honor Society for the Dance Arts (NHSDA) chapters from across the state.   Admission for the concert is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be available one hour prior to the performance.

“We are thrilled to have been asked to host FDEO’s conference this year,” said Clarence Brooks, assistant professor of dance at FAU and chair of this year’s conference. “The conference offers a chance for dance educators from across the state to share experiences and learn about developments in dance.”

Professional guest artists to perform at the concert include rhythm tapper extraordinaire Katherine Kramer, who will be reprising a section of her groundbreaking tap piece “Stop Look Listen,” and dancers from the Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park.    NHSDA chapters represented in the performance include Coconut Grove Ballet (Miami), Dillard Center of the Arts (Ft. Lauderdale), New World School of the Arts (Miami), Wellington High School (Wellington), Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando), Centre for Dance & Performing Arts (Winter Park) and Bak Middle School of the Arts (West Palm Beach), to name a few. 

The FDEO mission is to advance dance-centered education in K-12, higher education and the private sector.  Dance educators are the principal focus.  Like the national organization, FDEO’s annual conferences present workshops in professional development, arts advocacy, networking and support services.  Along with dance technique classes, presentations include “Foot & Ankle Synergy,” “Dancing Our Way to Health, Healing & Joy,” and “Dance in the Community.”

For more information on the dance presentation or the conference, call 561-297-0266.

-FAU-

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