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Ithaca College Faculty and Students Keep on Dancing

ITHACA, NY — At Ithaca College, dancing with your professor may not get you an A plus grade in class, but it just might get you a perfect score on the dance floor. “Dancing with the Stars,” an event in which eight couples consisting of faculty and IC Ballroom Team members compete, will take place on Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. After training for the past 10 weeks, the couples will perform a three-minute, choreographed routine. Faculty members were nominated by students to participate in the event.

Sponsored by IC Ballroom Dance Team, the event is open to the college community as well as the public. There is a $3 admission with a “2 tickets for $5” discount. Attendees will receive a ballot to vote for their favorite couple. Additional votes can be purchased for $1 each. All money collected will go towards helping the team participate in competitions across the East Coast. The People’s Choice Award winner from last year, assistant professor of music performance Brad Hougham will emcee the event, with team member Stephanie Springer ’14 serving as cohost.

While the couples are showing off their moves on the dance floor, judges will rate their performances. Ithaca College faculty dance instructors Michelle Cole, Lindsay Gilmour and Amy O’Brien will rate each couple’s performance on a scale from 1 to 10. The couple with the highest combined score will be crowned overall winners of the night, while the couple with the highest number of audience votes will win the People's Choice Award. The show will also feature performances from other dance teams on campus as well as members of the Cornell Ballroom team.

“We have some major upgrades from last year, so this will be a night of even more fantastic dancing,” said Geoffrey Presor ’12, secretary of IC Ballroom. “It’s an opportunity to see your professors in a different light, and a chance for them to learn how to dance. This event will showcase both faculty and student talent – so, really, everyone is a star.”

For more information, contact Geoffrey Presor ’12 at (814) 746-9870 or