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February 21, 2013 (Jackson) - The Belhaven University Dance Department has partnered with the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) in celebrating their 40th anniversary and will host the Southern Regional Conference in Jackson, Miss. on March 13-16.

Some of the top performers from colleges like Ole Miss, Belhaven, Auburn, Tulane, Arkansas and Southern Miss. are attending the conference and will be showcasing their talents.

The conference is the largest of its kind in the south and will feature three special adjudicated performances at Jackson Academy that are open to the public. The concerts are $10 and start on Wednesday, March 13 and run till Friday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. each night. For tickets email Audiences will get a sneak peek into the world of dance at the collegiate level through these performances.

Cynthia Newland, Chair of the Dance Department said, "We are excited to host the American College Dance Southern Regional Festival this spring. Students and faculty from five neighboring states will join together to share in the diversity of dance through performances, classes and presentations. We are honored to have this opportunity to serve our guests in our beautiful facilities and believe impressions made by Belhaven faculty, staff and students will long be remembered."

Dancers from each college or university will enjoy adjudicated concerts where students will receive constructive feedback from noted national dance professionals. Over fifty dance classes are being offered, ranging in styles from ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop.

Other events for the dancers will include choreography classes, repertory, lectures and panel discussions. Panels will discuss such topics as current trends in the field of dance, health and wellness, teacher's education, becoming a dance professional and screen dance.