On the 100-year anniversary of dance at the University of Oregon we are asking for your help in funding our attendance at the American College Dance Festival.
Dance Oregon is a student run group at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Our mission is to provide accessible and enriching dance opportunities to students at the University of Oregon. This year we have the opportunity to attend the North Central Conference of the American College Dance Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. We will be raising money to send 35 dance majors, minors, graduate students and non-majors to this unique festival at the University of Wisconsin. Due to the distance from Eugene to Madison and the large number of student attendance, we need to raise 310% more than we did at last year’s conference in Moscow, Idaho. If you support student involvement in the arts, please help fund this project!
WHAT IS THE AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL?
The American College Dance Festival is a national conference, which sponsors 11 regional conferences each year. The conference provides students and faculty at participating Universities the chance to have their work adjudicated by nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. ACDF is the primary means for us to show work in an academic setting outside our own and will expose us to the diversity of the National college dance world. From March 28 to April 1 2012 this festival will serve as a venue for us to see new works and participate in workshops, panels, and master classes taught by instructors from around the country and region.
WHAT WORK WILL DANCE OREGON BE PRESENTING AT THE FESTIVAL?
Dance Oregon is pleased to present two works to be adjudicated at ACDF. The first, “Prelude to a Secret”, is a new work choreographed by guest artist Holly Johnston. Ten of our Dance Oregon members were cast to perform in this piece. The second, “Two Half Hitches”, is a re-set piece choreographed by undergraduate student Julia Vickers and will be performed by four Dance Oregon students. If either of these pieces are chosen for the Gala concert they could also have the opportunity perform at the American College Dance Festival’s National Conference. Additionally a solo piece called “Becky: Nothing to do in this Hick Town” choreographed by graduate student Rachel Winchester, will be performed at ACDF's informal concert.
WHY SHOULD YOU DONATE?
So far we have exhausted all of our funding options and do not have other choices in regard to raising the money we will need to get all 35 students to Madison. If we are unable to raise this money we will have to ask students to pay their way through the entire festival. This will also mean that many students will be unable to attend the conference due to high costs. Our group has managed to grow by leaps and bounds throughout the past three years that we have funded student attendance at this conference. Dance Oregon will be forced to serve dance majors almost exclusively if we cannot raise the funds to help all of our members attend ACDF. Backing our project will also help us provide an enriching event during National Dance Week in May 2012.
TOTAL COST FOR 36 STUDENTS: $25,000
- Flights = $16,000
- Hotels = $4,000
- Registration & Fees = $5,000
So far we have received $4,200 in fees from the students who are attending the conference and $11,200 from the Associated Students of the University of Oregon. The rest of our trip will be funded by this campaign in addition to fundraisers including Dance Oregon apparel sales, bake sales, events, and other fundraising opportunities here in Eugene.
We hope you understand how much this festival means to us. If you back this project you will ensure many years to come of accessible dance at the University of Oregon. You will also support the careers of these dancers who may end up teaching and performing in a town near you after their graduation from the University of Oregon. We are excited that Dance Oregon has become a group full of a diverse group of students and we hope to keep it that way!
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Thanks for your support,
- (60 days)