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Private money will keep UNL's dance program going

Private money will keep UNL's dance program going

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Let the dancing continue.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's undergraduate dance program has new life and will continue with an infusion of private money. UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green said Tuesday that he has pulled the program off a list of proposed cuts that will be made to resolve an approximately $38 million shortfall.

"I'm super excited," said dance major Cody Hartshorn of Omaha. "Although I am a senior, I think it's very important for dance to continue at UNL."

UNL announced the decision through its in-house Nebraska Today publication. Green also mentioned it during a faculty senate meeting Tuesday.

AUNL academic planning committee hearing about the elimination of dance scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled.

Green said through the Zoom meeting with faculty members that he had received a great deal of feedback from alumni and dance supporters. There were "people planning to be there from all over the world, actually," Green said, referring to the Wednesday hearing that is no longer needed.

The dance program is in UNL's Korff School of Music. UNL said it has realigned $180,000 in endowment money in the Hixson Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. Christina Hixson and the Lied Foundation Trust 20 years ago made an $18 million gift to support the college.

Further, a new organization of UNL dance supporters — Friends of Dance — has pledged to raise $50,000 a year for the program.

Hartshorn thanked everyone who helped keep the program going. "We heard about it today," he said of the program-saving money. "And I'm so excited and happy."

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