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HPU Welcomes Award-Winning Performer as Dance Instructor

12.5.2011

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 30, 2011 – Cara Hagan, an award-winning choreographer and performer, has joined High Point University as instructor of dance. In her new position, she will be creating a new dance minor program.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Hagan will be responsible for teaching classes in various dance techniques, as well as choreographing musicals and dance concerts. She recently choreographed the Department of Theatre’s production of “Urinetown.”

Hagan is the recipient of numerous awards, including the North Carolina Dance Alliance Fellowship Award and Graduate Scholar Award from the Arts in Society Conference in Berlin, Germany. A dance for camera work that she created, “Two Downtown,” garnered “Best Short Award” at the 2010 Indie Grits Film Festival and “Best Dance for Camera Award” at the 2010 Foursite Film Festival.

She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Goddard College.

Hagan says she is excited to create new classes for the department and share her love of art with her students and the greater HPU community.

“When students leave HPU, it is my goal to ensure that they walk away with an appreciation for all forms of art, and a belief in the benefits of an artistic existence,” Hagan says.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist

336-841-9055

phaynes@highpoint.edu

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