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March 30, 2007

Purdue Notebook

- Student Honors:

* Purdue University's division of dance was selected to perform March 16-20 at the Gala Concert of the American College Dance Festival 2007 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Students and faculty from 20 other schools, including the University of Michigan, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, met to take classes and have their choreography adjudicated. Thirteen out of the 41 pieces of adjudicated choreography were chosen to perform at the Gala Concert, including a piece from Purdue. Purdue Repertory Dance Company's "The Under-self" was honored for its outstanding choreography and performance. The choreographer was Michal Nevitt, a senior majoring in fine art with minors in art history and dance. Nevitt was one of five students to have their work chosen for this year's Gala Concert. This is also the first time a student from Purdue has had their choreography selected for gala honors. Performers include Joel Baughn, Shanna Daly, Scott Downs, Mandy Hampton, Joe Hayes, Kristina Katrus, Laura Korbiak, Ed Martin, Kendra Newton, Leslie Parrin and Leslie St. John. The Division of Dance at Purdue, its choreographers and dancers have been honored six times for their excellence in choreography and performance at the American College Dance Festival in the past 10 years. Purdue Repertory Dance Company is part of the Division of Dance in the Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University.

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