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CCCCD Dance Company To Perform At DFW Dance Festival

CCCCD Dance Company To Perform At DFW Dance Festival

July 22, 2003 - Collin County Dance Repertory announces its selection to perform at the 19th annual Dallas Morning News Dance Festival in August. CCCCD's resident dance company is the only one selected from a community college and will participate in the festival for the first time.

Along with other well-known companies from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and throughout the state, the Repertory will perform on Saturday, August 30th during the two-day festival at Annette Strauss Square in Dallas.

"The dance company has always done an exemplary job of representing the college and has greatly contributed to the fine arts in our community. This selection adds to the company's long list of successes," said Cary Israel, president of CCCCD.

Tiffanee Arnold, CCCCD dance program coordinator and artistic director of Collin County Dance Repertory, explained that a panel of three dance professionals viewed videotapes submitted by companies and collegiate level dance programs and based their selection upon excellence in technique and choreography, followed by diversity and suitability for an outdoor venue.

The panel, Patricia Barker with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Charles Santos, executive director of TITAS, and Bede Leyendecker, assistant professor of dance at Texas A&M International University, selected 18 companies from the 50 applicants. "This is a big opportunity," said Arnold, "A lot of people are going to see what CCCCD dance has to offer."

The work selected is "Call for Grace," a piece choreographed by Michele Hanlon, co-director of local professional dance company, elledanceworks, during her guest residency in the CCCCD dance program this past spring. This ensemble work debuted at the CCCCD Spring Dance Concert and was also performed at Dance for the Planet Dance Festival in April. According to Hanlon, the piece is intended to evoke human aspirations toward betterment, through a glimpse into this imagined 'community' at worship. The dancers include Cassie Dickerson, Jackie Ishii, Kristin Krenzer, Katie Massinger, Jessica McGinnis, Lauren Mitchell, Janette Puckett, Ashley Sanders, Carolyn Thompson, Lindsey Vandiver, and Megan Zellefrow.

Megan Zellefrow, a second-year Repertory member from Plano, explained that the company as a whole volunteered at The Dallas Morning News Dance Festival last year.

"We started the year at the festival working," said Zellefrow, "And now we are ending the year performing there!"

Sponsors for the festival, which has an estimated attendance of 2500 attendees per night, include The Dallas Morning News, Dance Council of North Texas, KERA TV and radio, and The Science Place.

For more information please contact Tiffanee Arnold at 972.881.5830 or by e-mail at

Collin County Community College District serves more than 38,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, the CCCCD is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.