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UCLA Dance Ethnology alums at the 28th Symposium of ICTM's Study Group Dance on Ethnochoreology, held in Croatia

Greetings to UCLA from eight of us, who participated in a ten-day-long 28th symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Ethnochoreology. The biennial symposium was academically hosted this year by the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb and held in cooperation with the Korčula Tourist Board on the Adriatic seacoast of Croatia. (The 27th symposium was held two years ago in the University of Limerick, Ireland, when seven of us were from UCLA). Professor Emerita Elsie Ivancich Dunin served as the local organizer for this international gathering of dance scholars in Croatia. For additional information of the themes and location, see online <korcula-2014-ictm.info>.

Six Dance Ethnology alums from the Department of Dance period of the WAC/D participated. Anne von Bibra Wharton (now at St. Olaf College in Minnesota) is currently serving her second elected term as Secretary on the ICTM Study Group of Ethnochoreology Executive Board. Miriam Phillips (now in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland–College Park) presented a research paper "Nostalgic narratives: explorations into Kathak and Flamenco dance collaborations" (subject matter related to her master's comparative analysis while at UCLA). Dr. Edith Greenblatt (after UCLA, completing a doctorate at Harvard University, came from Israel to the symposium) also presented a research paper that had its early beginnings at UCLA, "Israel's use of collaboration to support the dynamic preservation of Rikudai-Am Yisraeli (recreational Israeli Dance). Nadine Dougan Krstic (independent researcher and film-maker in Santa Monica) premiered her documentary film "Dancing through sparks: Korčula's sword dance Moreška enters the 21st century" also following up on her graduate studies at UCLA. Helene Eriksen (independent researcher and director of Anar Dana Study Programs in Seattle, Washington), presented her latest in-depth movement study experience with "Narcotango: the narrative of tango as an addictive practice in international tango community." Jan Elliott, a member of ICTM (now in Massachusetts, and professionally involved with Anglo-American sword dance forms) attended the symposium, especially because it was located on Korčula island, for sword dance and dance/music interests, a continuing thread of her graduate studies at UCLA.

Professor Emerita Allegra Fuller Snyder (and past chair of the Department of Dance) also attended the length of the Symposium. At the closing session she spoke about the need for all to meet the challenge to articulate the values of dance to human society. Her inspirational words evoked a spontaneous standing ovation.

Ninety presented papers coming from 26 countries are being compiled into a post-symposium publication, to be published by Croatia's Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, with Elsie Ivancich Dunin as Head Editor of a Symposium editorial group.

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