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W&L Dance Company Wins Award

For the sixth time in nine years, the Washington and Lee University Dance Repertory Company, under the artistic direction of Jenefer Davies, W&L associate professor of dance/theater, won the honor of performing in a gala concert during the 2016 American College Dance Association’s Mid Atlantic Conference in Morgantown, West Virginia, on March 21.

W&L had one of 10 works chosen out of 45 submitted by other schools. W&L’s winning piece was Elliot Emadian’s excerpt from “Bravados” was performed by Emily Danzig ’16, Liza Chartampila ’18 and Emadian.

Judges mentioned Emadian’s wholly original movement style, the interesting design of the movement, the unusual use of stage space and the dedicated, powerful performances of the dancers.

“We are very excited to have been selected as a college of artistic excellence,” said Davies. Emadian’s cast of dancers spent countless hours in rehearsals and were very beautiful. This recognition is well deserved.”

This conference is the national association for dance for undergraduates and graduate students in dance. It combined four days of classes and workshops with four adjudicated concerts and two informal concerts.

A full-length version of the piece will be part of the annual winter dance concert on April 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and April 3 at 2 p.m. at Keller Theater at W&L’s Lenfest Center.