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Regional Honors for Sewanee Student Dancers

Sewanee student dancers received accolades at a recent American College Dance Association conference held at Auburn University. The University of the South’s dance program was represented at the conference by Assistant Professor Courtney World and nine student dancers: Joey Adams, C’17, Fridien Tchoukoua, C’17, Annie Corley, C’20, Nikki Cox, C’17, Alyssa Holley, C’18, Sandy Milien, C’17, Quinn Needham, C’20, Ashlin Ondrusek, C’19 and Julia Peacock, C’20. The group presented two works for adjudication, Courtney World’s Discretionary Time and Fridien Tchoukoua’s Noir, both of which premiered in the February production of DanceWise at the Tennessee Williams Center. Noir was selected for the culminating gala performance, the highest honor awarded at the conference. During the course of three days, participating college and university dance programs from the Southern region presented choreography in four adjudicated concerts. The adjudicators did not know whether the dances were choreographed by students, faculty or guest artists. They selected 12 works—including Noir—to be performed again at the closing concert. The three adjudicators appreciated the potency, relevancy and socially-conscious nature of Tchoukoua’s work, an ode to black lives and black culture. The cast of Noir included Tchoukoua, Joey Adams, Nikki Cox, Alyssa Holley, and Sandy Milien.