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GCU Dancers Shine at American Dance College Festival

March 16, 2014 — Georgian Court University dance majors recently performed Regions of Light, an original work by GCU Artist-in-Residence Caitlin Quinn Pittenger, during the American College Dance Festival northeast regional conference at The College of Brockport.

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During the March 14-16 event, GCU students competed against and took classes with dancers from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Fairleigh Dickinson University and more than 30 other schools.

“This is the one place where the best college dance programs come together each year,” said Silvana Cardell, director of the Georgian Court University dance program. “It is an incredible honor for our dancers to showcase not only their own talent, but also the choreography of Caitlin Quinn Pittenger. This is one of many examples where GCU dance faculty link academic instruction and studio preparation to real world experience and exposure.”

GCU dance majors who performed included: Jazmine Brooks, Marissa Capra, Abigail Dill, Jessica Fraser, Skyler Giannone, Kaitlyn Mack, Titalayo Majoyeogbe, Michaela Mann, Mackenzie Morris, Britaney Napoleon, Cassandra Schaefer, and Gabrielle Vella.

Regions of Light was selected as the opening performance for the ADCF gala on Sunday, March 16. Only eight university dance programs—from the 36 member schools in the conference—were tapped for gala performances. Regions of Light also will be considered for inclusion at the National College Dance Festival at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in June 2014.

“It was a huge honor that Georgian Court was selected to perform at the gala,” said Ms. Pittenger, “especially given that each of the 36 schools presented two pieces for consideration.”

Being selected reflects the quality of GCU’s dancers, the choreography and the growing reputation of GCU as a major player in the dance world.