Acclaimed dance experts and dancers as young as 8 will head to UNT for the Fourth National Gathering of Dance and the Child International July 12-15. Hosted by the Department of Dance and Theatre, this year’s four-day conference is expected to attract more than 200 dance enthusiasts from around the country.
The conference offers multi-generational classes, skills classes by age group and classes exploring different cultures of dance, including African, East Indian, hip hop with Mexican fusion, folklorico and Korean dance. Public performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. July 13 and 14 at the University Theatre.
A teachers symposium July 14 will help participants learn how to teach geography and other subjects through dance and create lessons aligned with state and national standards.
This is the first year that UNT has hosted the national gathering, which is held every three years. Mary Lynn Babcock (’75, ’86 M.A.), associate professor of dance, is the conference/site coordinator. Register at the Center for Achievement & Lifelong Learning website or call 940-300-8087 for more information.