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UW-Madison's Merritt-Brown receives funding to perform 'INFLUX' internationally

April 14, 2016

UW-Madison’s Tiffany Merritt-Brown was recently awarded $10,465 from the Virginia Horne Henry Fund for Women’s Physical Education.

Merritt-Brown will graduate in May with a BFA from the School of Education’s Dance Department.

The award will allow Merritt-Brown to present her original choreography, “INFLUX,” internationally.

Merritt-Brown and her cast of nine dancers will attend the World Dance Alliance-Americas (WDA-A) Conference at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, Aug. 7-12. At the event, she will perform the work, take master classes, participate in choreography labs and attend talks and presentations from a myriad of international dance artists. 

Influx poster“INFLUX” was also selected by the UW-Madison Dance faculty to represent the department's best student work at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) North-Central Conference in March. At the festival, the work was one of 12 chosen among 48 other works to be performed at the conference's Gala Concert. 

Merritt-Brown's choreography was received very well at the Gala Concert and was selected to be the second alternate for the ACDA National Festival, which will take place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., June 8-11. The conference adjudicators praised "INFLUX" for its "clear vision, smart craftsmanship, fierce performance ... being both structurally and choreographically satisfying." 

Merritt-Brown's work is the culmination of a two-year creative research project that explored the power, strength and beauty of the female body. "INFLUX" examined the connection and separation of bodies through spatial patterns and through the use of curved and linear shapes, the work showcases the body and it’s ability to create and release tension.

Dance students performing in the work include Amy Ausen, Amanda Graziano, Niki Hofslien, Lyndsay Lewis, Kimi Mckissic, Nicolette Meunier, Conley Pitzl, Sarah Schwab and Mckenzie Wisdom.

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