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UNI students complete fall 2002 session of Young Peoples Dance Theatre

February 16, 2003

Cynthia Herndon, associate professor of physical education, (319) 273-6866
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students from the University of Northern Iowa have completed the fall 2002 session of Young Peoples Dance Theatre (YPDT). A self-supporting before and after school dance program, YPDT is offered at 10 local elementary schools to second-through fifth-grade boys and girls.

A minimum of two UNI practicum students lead the sessions at the schools, with a contact person, usually the principal, available at each school. UNI students participating in the program receive university credit through UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services.

UNI students who participated during the fall 2002 session include: ___NAME___, a ___CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR___, from ___HOMETOWN___.

The YPDT program offers opportunities to learn, rehearse and perform various dance forms. The emphasis is on creative dance and international folk dance with an exposure to other dance forms such as social dance, jazz, ballet, tap and modern dance.

The practicum students meet once a week as a class with Cynthia Herndon, UNI associate professor of physical education and the faculty member in charge of the program. During the weekly session, students are introduced to a creative approach to teaching dance, learn dances to teach the children and share their teaching tips.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketig and Public Relations at 319.273.2761.