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Dance students find success at conference

Dance students find success at conference

When you visit or pass by the Springfield Art Museum, it’s hard to miss a large, bright yellow sculpture. It’s a piece called Sun Target II by sculptor John Henry.

The sculpture inspired the “Sun Target” dance by guest artist Ilana Goldman. She choreographed it for a group of Missouri State University dance majors and minors.

They performed it at the March American College Dance Association’s (ACDA) Central Conference at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. They’ll also show it off at MSU’s upcoming Spring Dance Concert: “Art in Motion.”

The dance was a hit with dance industry professionals.

They not only selected “Sun Target” as one of three dances to be performed at the conference’s gala performance, but also as an alternate for the national festival this summer.

“This is a major recognition for our dance program and our dance students,” said Sarah Wilcoxon, MSU associate professor of dance. “We’re so excited our recent growth as a program is being recognized at a national level.”

Several of the MSU dance students at the ACDA Central Conference (from left to right): Josie Anderson, Courtney Adamson, Kelsey Zimmerman, Hattie Geltemeyer, Aili McFall and Elease McFall.


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