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Elliot Emadian Awarded Scholarship to American Dance Festival's Six-Week School

Elliot Emadian ’17, from Normandy, Tennessee, received a tuition scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival’s (ADF) six-week school. ADF is held on the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina, but is not affiliated with Duke.

The scholarship, based on performance and choreography excellence, is very competitive as college students from around the world vie for it.

Emadian, a mathematics major and dance minor, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, Nu Delta Kappa Dance Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. He is a past vice president for Alpha Phi Omega Service fraternity, co-president and choreographer for the W&L Repertory Dance Company and dancer in Progeny Dance.

He is also a resident advisor for upper-division students; the activities chair for the First-Year Orientation Committee; a tour guide for the Student Recruitment Committee; an employee, driver, dispatcher and monitor for Traveller Safe Ride Program; and a tutor in the Math Center.

“I’m so pleased and proud of Elliot,” said Davies. “He is a remarkable young man who is dedicated to dance and is a beautiful creative and performing artist. His time at ADF will not only enrich his academic life and provide him with the creative tools that will inspire his campus life and his peers, but could very well create opportunities for his future.”

Heralded as “one of the nation’s most important institutions” by The New York Times and as “the world’s greatest dance festival” by the New York Post, the American Dance Festival’s sustained record of creative achievement is indivisible from the history of modern dance. Since 1934, ADF has remained committed to serving the needs of dance, dancers, choreographers, and professionals in dance-related fields.

At the heart of ADF is its six-week school, where dancers come to train and to create, to see and be seen. Over the course of the festival, students of all levels work each day with ADF’s diverse faculty, extraordinary musicians and vibrant student body to create rewarding, life-changing experiences.