Alumna’s Choreography Featured at National Dance Festival – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Alumna’s Choreography Featured at National Dance Festival

William Smith graduate Olive Prince is chosen to perform during association's biennial event

(May 5, 2004) Geneva, N.Y.–Olive Prince, William Smith Class of '99 and a Rochester, N.Y., native, has been selected by the American Colleges Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) to perform her choreography at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in June.

“Figment of Her” is a solo piece that Prince choreographed for herself in the fall of 2003. Part of the choreographic process was the creation of a sound score and video projection that are integrated components of the choreography. Prince describes the solo as “a landscape of the body through movement and video.”

While a student a Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Prince was featured in numerous dances choreographed by dance department faculty, including a soloist role in Professor Donna Davenport's “Between Aimlessness and Destiny,” performed at the Mulberry Street “New Steps” Festival. She also was featured in Professor Cynthia Williams' work, “Pilfered Phrases and Other Crimes,” for the ACDFA in 1997, as well as “Kaleidoscope” and other pieces choreographed by Professor Michelle Iklé.

After graduating from William Smith, Prince moved to Boston. While working there full time as an educational consultant for Lesson One Foundation, she performed with area dance companies. In 2002, she entered the Master of Fine Arts program at Temple University. She was awarded a teaching assistantship at Temple and has been teaching undergraduate courses in dance.

“The dance department is delighted with news of Olive Prince's selection as a choreographer and performer for the ACDFA Kennedy Center Gala Peformance,” said Cynthia Williams, dance department chair, “and to learn of her nomination as ACDFA/Dance Magazine's Outstanding Student Performer for 2003-2004.”

The American College Dance Festival Association's mission is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity prominent throughout college and university dance departments. ACDFA sponsors nine regional festivals that provide the opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals. Choreographic works are selected from each regional festival for the biennial National College Dance Festival.

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A hi-res photo of Prince is available here.