Directors from dance companies and schools across West Virginia are invited to enroll students in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History\u2019s 2014 statewide dance festival.\r\nDirectors have until Jan. 7 to submit applications to the division. Scholarship and dancers\u2019 applications are due by Jan. 14. Adjudications are scheduled for Feb. 21-23.\r\nStudent 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.\r\nThe West Virginia State Dance Festival, set for Apr. 25-27, 2014, 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\u2019s 32nd year.\r\nReturning faculty members include Lorraine Elizabeth Graves, former principal dancer at the Dance Theatre of Harlem where she is on the master teacher faculty; Maurice Brandon Curry, creative director at Innovative Arts & Media in New York and a freelance director and choreographer; and Kate Trammel, dance professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.\r\nNew this upcoming year will be Melanie Person, co-director of The Ailey School in New York; Greg Sinacori, a dance instructor at The Dance Department of the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York; and Sunday Homitz, founder of Body Technic Systems and a specialist in performance arts physical therapy. Homitz will offer special workshops on muscle strength, stretching, nutrition and injury prevention.\r\nGuidelines and applications can be found on the division\u2019s website at http:\/\/www.wvculture.org\/dance\/index.html\r\nFor more information, contact Pat Cowdery, events coordinator, at 304-558-0220 or by email at Pat.M.Cowdery@wv.gov.\r\nThe WV Division of Culture and History is an agency within the WV Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, cabinet secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division\u2019s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity\/Affirmative Action Employer.