LINES Students to Present at National American College Dance Festival

Students representing the LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA in Dance program have been selected to represent the Southwest region at the prestigious National American College Dance Festival (NACDF) to be held June 4-6 in New York City.

The LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA students were chosen to be one of the three regional representatives at the Nationals from among 33 institutions at the American College Dance Festival regional competition held recently at UC Irvine.

“This is an enormous honor for the LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA program,” said BFA program director Marina Hotchkiss. “As we approach the third year of the program, this recognition from our colleagues in the field of dance education will have an enormous impact on continuing our reputation as one of the premier dance education programs in the country.”

At the regional competition at UC Irvine, LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA presented solid Soil Under Our Feet a new work choreographed on the sophomore class by BFA faculty member and former LINES Ballet dancer Gregory Dawson. solid Soil Under Our Feet was one of the three works chosen for NACDF. The judges commented on the exceptional balance of excellent technique and expressiveness of the dancers. In addition, Dominican/LINES BFA student Michael Montgomery was awarded Best Student Performer award for the Southwest Region.

The NACDF, which will be held this year at the Miller Theater at Barnard College, will showcase 30 regional-winning works by choreographers and dancers from institutions across the nation. NACDF showcases dances selected by the adjudicators from each of the regional conferences based on outstanding artistic excellence and merit. The primary objective of the festival is to highlight the outstanding quality of choreography and performance that is being created on college and university campuses around the country.

LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA Program
Founded in 2006, the LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA Program is a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance degree program. Combining the highly acclaimed dance training and philosophy of one of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet with the comprehensive education and social values of the Dominican tradition, the LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA in Dance offers students an unparalleled opportunity to discover themselves as artists and human beings.

Each year, approximately 16 students from around the nation are selected by Alonzo King to participate in the program. The dance curriculum emphasizes ballet as its foundational language, complimented and augmented with extensive training in past and current forms of modern dance, ethnic dance studies, improvisation and composition. The dance curriculum includes significant studies in the choreography of Alonzo King, as well as the work of contemporary artists from within the vibrant Bay Area dance community and abroad. Students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for a professional career in today’s dance world while also gaining the life long benefits of a university education.

About Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet
Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, an international dance company based in San Francisco, performs contemporary ballet to critical acclaim in the US and abroad.  Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists, Alonzo King creates original works that stretch and renew the traditions of western dance.  Both Alonzo King and the LINES dancers have been recognized for their extraordinary vision; in 2006 Mr. King was honored with the US Artists Fellowship, given to the 50 finest artists from all disciplines currently creating work in America, after winning the Bessie Award for Choreographer/ Creator last year.  Last fall, LINES dancer Meredith Webster became the fifth Company dancer to receive the coveted Princess Grace Award. 

The vision of LINES Ballet goes beyond the internationally-acclaimed dance company - LINES Ballet also encompasses a school, the LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA program, and the San Francisco Dance Center, which has been offering a broad range of inspiring classes to dancers since 1989.