The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 10, 2013

Dance festival sign-ups open

— Directors from dance companies and schools across West Virginia are invited to enroll students in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 2014 statewide dance festival.

Directors have until Jan. 7 to submit applications to the division. Scholarship and dancers’ applications are due by Jan. 14. Adjudications are scheduled for Feb. 21-23.

Student applications are accepted only from directors affiliated with full-time dance establishments in West Virginia. Dancers must be at least 12 years old and have at least one year of training in classical ballet with two lessons per week.

The West Virginia State Dance Festival, set for April 25-27, showcases the talents of West Virginia dancers who come to the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston each spring to perform and take classes from nationally acclaimed dance instructors. This will mark the event’s 32nd year.

Guidelines and applications can be found on the division’s website at

For more information, contact Pat Cowdery, events coordinator, at 304-558-0220 or by email at