Regional dancers converging on WT for conference

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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Dancers from around the region are heading to West Texas A&M University for a chance to learn more about their art on the High Plains.

WT is hosting the “Dancing in the Wind” 2016 American College Dance Association South-Central Conference, a four-day event with workshops, performances and more. The conference runs Wednesday through Saturday.

The conference will offer research presentations, workshops and more, and students from colleges and universities throughout Texas and New Mexico will perform for a panel of renowned dance professionals at adjudicated concerts. Two pieces will be chosen to represent the region at a national conference.

Performances are not open to the public because of limited seating.

A trio of guest artists – Matthew Lindstrom, Rachel James and Kitty Carter – also will lead master classes. Lindstrom is a dance/theater instructor at Interlochen Arts Academy; James has worked with Ballet Zhang, ARC Productions and more; and Carter is a technical coach and adviser for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

 “It’s a huge honor to be able to host this,” said Leslie Williams ,WT associate professor of dance. “It brings a lot of notoriety to the university, a lot of notoriety to our program.”

In conjunction with the workshop, the WT Department of Theater, Art and Dance is exhibiting “Dancing in the Wind,” a juried art show featuring works inspired by dance. It will hang through April 9 in the Mary Moody Formal Gallery on the WT campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and by appointment Fridays through Sundays. For information, email Jon Revett at

“Dancing in the Wind” conference runs through Saturday at West Texas A&M University.

Edward Truitt’s "Johanna Dancing in the Wind” is featured in the “Dancing in the Wind” art show.