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NMSU dance major receives national honor

Candace Williams, a dance major at New Mexico State University and Dance Society member, received the American College Dance Festival Association and Dance Magazine's national outstanding performer award.



New Mexico State University Dance Society members Candace Williams and Joseph Putman performing "Touch," choreographed by Debra Knapp, director of the NMSU dance program. Williams received the American College Dance Festival Association and Dance Magazine's national outstanding performer award June 5. (NMSU photo by Sean Salvador)

Williams, originally from Morrisville, Pa., won the award for her performance in the duet "Touch," a dance choreographed by Debra Knapp, director of the NMSU dance program and performed with Joseph Putman. The adjudicator's chose her performance for its tenderness, generosity, depth and for her emotional and physical connection.

"This is an honor for Williams, NMSU and the Dance Program," Knapp said.

"Touch" was chosen to perform along with 30 other dances from universities across the nation and 10 dancers competed for the outstanding performance award. All of the dances and dancers were chosen after attending one of the 10 regional conferences held earlier in the year.

The NMSU Dance Program has participated in the conference for six years and this is the first year they attended the national conference. Williams is the first NMSU student to win the national outstanding performer award.

"Touch" was performed at the Miller Theatre in New York City June 5.