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Released April 21, 2003


HATTIESBURG - LONG BEACH, Miss. - The Division of Education and Psychology and the Division of Continuing Education at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast are collaborating to bring instructors from the National Dance Institute (NDI) in New York to the Coast this summer.

"Do You Want to Dance," a two-week dance residency for students in grades four through seven, will be offered June 23-July 3 at the Bay St. Louis High School Auditorium in Bay St. Louis.

"This summer will be our fifth year to have the National Dance Institute on the Gulf Coast," said Dr. Nancy Masztal, professor of education. "To celebrate our fifth year, we will host a reunion for all children and graduate students who have previously participated in this outstanding event."

The reunion will be held July 3 during the dance residency's gala performance and will be held at the Bay High School Auditorium, Bay St. Louis.

The NDI summer dance residency provides access to the arts for children. It is an opportunity for racially diverse middle-grades children, regardless of socioeconomic status or prior dance experience, to receive free dance instruction for a two-week period from master teachers of dance on the Gulf Coast.

Registration for the camp is $50 per person. It is open to the first 50 students who register. The daily hours of the two-week camp are from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Along with the middle grades children, NDI will continue to collaborate with Southern Miss Gulf Coast faculty and graduate students for the class "Maximizing Performance: A Seminar on Effective Teaching." This course will focus on the pedagogy and teaching philosophies used by the founder of NDI, Jacques d' Amboise, recipient of the Congressional Arts Medal and Kennedy Center Honors.

"I am thrilled to announce that Jacques d' Amboise will be with us this year to work with the children and be a guest speaker in the graduate class," said Masztal. "Jacques has such charisma and knowledge - the graduate students get such a different perspective on teaching, learning and life through their opportunity to listen and interact with him."

This educational opportunity is supported by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District and Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

To RSVP for the reunion, to register for dance residency, or for more information, call the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Division of Continuing Education at (228) 867-8777.


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