Ford Center’s Fall Lineup Filled with Variety

The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of shows this fall. Photo by Kevin Bain.

The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of shows this fall. Photo by Kevin Bain.

The University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts has a season schedule that does not disappoint, featuring something for everyone, including children’s shows, a critically acclaimed comedian and musical performances.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this fall:

– “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour” by Lewis Black, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 – For the first time ever, the Ford Center will host a comedian. Lewis Black, known as the “King of Rant” for his comedic yelling, will discuss the madness of life, including current events, politics, social media and everything else that irritates him.

Tickets are $50 for the orchestra and orchestra pit level, $40 for the parterre, mezzanine and balcony levels and student tickets are $20, thanks to the Student Activities Association.

– “Fame – The Musical,” national touring production, 7:30 p.m. Sept.29 – This musical, developed from the Academy Award-winning movie and Emmy-winning television series that followed, explores the ups and downs of young artists trying to catch their big break in music, dance and theatre.

Tickets range from $57 to $69.

– Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 – This Grammy-winning group is known for is niche in capturing styles of music from around the world. Their variety of works includes everything from French Renaissance dances and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 to Brazilian favorites and American classics.

Tickets range from $22 to $30.

– “The Princess and the Pea,” Virginia Rep on Tour, 3 p.m. Oct. 8 – The beloved tale by Hans Christian Anderson is brought to life for children and adults alike as this musical tells the story of acceptance, love and true happiness.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children.

– Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” University of Mississippi Choirs with Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 – This musical collaboration based on medieval Latin poems is one of the best-known cantatas of the 20th century, as it has risen to be as popular among concertgoers as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. You’ve likely heard the theme “O Fortuna” in countless commercials and movie trailers, but this live combination of musical styles will be a treat for the ears.

Tickets range from $19 to $25.

– “Miracle on 34th Street,” 3 p.m. Dec. 3 – This classic holiday tale is a favorite for the whole family. Based on the 1947 movie, the musical tells the story that begins as Kris Kringle fills in for Santa Claus at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Tickets range from $34 to $46.

Meanwhile, the Ford Center will also host its annual Gingerbread Village from Dec. 1 to 16, so stop by and get lost in a candy wonderland before the show!

Tickets to all events can be purchased online here or at the UM Box Office, inside the Ole Miss Student Union.

For the full lineup of scheduled events, visit

Together, We Stood

UM administrators, faculty, staff and students showed unity, respect for diversity at campus gathering

UM community members joined hands in moment of prayer and reflection during the ceremony. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications

UM community members join hands in moment of prayer and reflection during the ceremony. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications

I’ve never been in the military or law enforcement, so I can’t say that I fully understand the strong bonds that I’m told exist among these public servants. Some say it’s the daily camaraderie that knits these men and women together. Others credit the presence of danger in crisis that forges these attachments. Which, of any of these, is responsible, I don’t know.

What I do know and can say for certain is that this past Thursday (July 21), I did see, hear and feel the strength in numbers as several University of Mississippi administrators, faculty, staff and students joined together to show unity and encourage respect for diversity in humanity.

The meeting, the first of several such planned, was led by Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter. In the early evening hours, dozens of people gathered quietly inside the Paris-Yates Chapel. As the sun slowly began to set, these individuals sat together as one.

Vitter opened the solemn ceremony with reflections upon the epidemic rash of violence both in major cities around the nation and in terrorist attacks across the globe. He recognized the inherit conflict between African-American/Latino populations and law enforcement officials who have sworn to protect them.

“It has been an extremely difficult month in the U.S. as we have witnessed the loss of lives in Orlando, my home state of Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas,” Vitter said. “We also join the world community in mourning recent deaths in France and Turkey. We all hurt, we all mourn with those directly affected and we all worry every day about the safety of our own families, our communities, our nation and the world.”

While the evening’s focus was on reflecting and healing, Vitter issued a call for community conversations that move forward positive and permanent change.

“We must stand together, work together to find lasting solutions to the challenges that we face together,” he said.

Following the chancellor’s remarks, UM Staff Council President Sovent Taylor introduced representatives from the campus community. And although each individual represented differing ethnicities, cultures, languages, religions, creeds and philosophies, they stood as one while all present acknowledged our common ground as the tenets of the UM Creed were read.

The UM Gospel Choir rendered a beautiful a cappella rendition of “Get On Board,” a melodic call to temporarily set aside our differences in the interests of the common good. Don Cole, assistant to the chancellor for multicultural affairs, gave brief remarks in which he echoed Vitter’s call for the UM community to begin and maintain ongoing civil dialogue about the matters at hand.

“I may not have the answers,” Cole said. “You may not have all the answers. But together, we can and we will find the answers that we need.”

A solemn moment of silence preceded the tolling of chapel bells. As the chimes rang 16 times, we stood together, hand-in-hand, and collectively mourned with and comforted one another as we remembered the lives of the many victims killed in a wave of intense violence that appears to be sweeping across the nation.

Ethel Young-Scurlock, senior fellow at the Luckyday Residential College, offered the closing prayer before inviting members of the interfaith community to remain for a brief period of prayer and reflection. Smiles and warm embraces were exchanged as individuals both came into and departed from the building.

Throughout the evening’s activities, I felt awe as the combined members of the UM community “fleshed out” the words of our Creed. It was a beautiful sight to behold as compassionate and civil discourse unfolded, overshadowing obvious tensions and fears.

Recently, the UM Sensitivity and Respect Committee and university leadership issued a statement. Within this document appeared the following words:

“As an academic institution, we realize that education will serve as a key component to prevent future occurrences of such acts as well as serve as a healing mechanism for our community. We ask all members of our campus to join in applying the most effective tool of the educator – civil dialogue – in addressing the issues leading up to these disturbing events and processing our emotions and reactions to these tragedies.

However, civil dialogue will mean nothing if it does not lead to change for the better, and it will be our students who will be at the forefront of that change.

As Vitter stated in a recent post, ‘We are all bound together by the human need to be known, understood, and valued. At the University of Mississippi, we embody these mutual commitments to one another in the UM Creed, a part of which states our belief in fairness and civility and in the respect for the dignity of each person. I urge all members of the UM family to embody these beliefs as we reach out to one another in the coming days.'”

Thursday was a good start. I join many others who sincerely hope that similar discussions leading to solutions and healing occur at future gatherings.

Together, we stood. Together, we will continue to stand. Together, we are the University of Mississippi.

Miss University Among 11 Ole Miss Students Vying for Miss Mississippi

Miss University Carol Coker will compete for the Miss Mississippi crown this week in Vicksburg. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

Miss University Carol Coker will compete for the Miss Mississippi crown this week in Vicksburg.
Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

By the end of this week, someone new will hold the title of Miss Mississippi, and there’s a 25 percent chance it will be an Ole Miss student.

The 2016 Miss Mississippi pageant begins Wednesday (June 22) with preliminary rounds, and the excitement culminates at 8 p.m. Saturday as the top 10 compete for the crown in Vicksburg.

Carol Coker, the reigning Miss University, will represent the University of Mississippi among the 44 contestants.

Ten other Ole Miss students will vie for the crown, including Miss Pride of the South, Abigail Wilbanks; Miss Rolling Hills, Anna Katherine Hoops; Miss Turtle Creek, Anne Elizabeth Buys; Miss Heritage, Charley Ann Nix; Miss Northland, Dana Wesley; Miss Leaf River Valley, Ivey Swan; Miss Alcorn County, Kasey Pearson; Miss Meridian, Leah Gibson; Miss MidSouth, Macken’z Smith; and Miss Southern Heritage, Mary Katherine McCaa.

The final round will air live on WLBT in Jackson, WTVA in Tupelo, WABG in Greenville, WGBC in Meridian, WLOX in Biloxi and WMC-TV in Memphis.

Be sure to tune in to cheer on all our Ole Miss contestants!

Join Ole Miss Campus Recreation for the World’s Largest Swim Lesson

Children participate in a swimming lesson at the Turner Center Pool.

Children participate in a swimming lesson at the Turner Center pool.

Ole Miss Campus Recreation invites all children and their families to participate in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (June 24) at the Turner Center swimming pool.

The free event is part of a worldwide effort to promote swimming safety and the importance of swim lessons, said Mark Garneau, University of Mississippi aquatics director.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4, and Mississippi ranks third nationally for drownings, Garneau said.

In an effort to combat that statistic, Turner Center instructors will provide informational sessions on deep water survival, swim stroke refinement and pool safety. Time also will be provided for fun swimming for all participants.

This is the second year Ole Miss has participated in this event. Last year, about 200 children and their families took advantage of the free opportunity at the Turner Center.

Thousands of children around the world will participate in the event over the 24-hour period at an estimated 500 locations in more than 20 countries.

Ole Miss faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in the event, open to children at least 6 months old and their families.

Though registration is not required, an RSVP is helpful to Turner Center staff. To sign up, contact

Staff Appreciation Week Offers a Variety of Fun Events

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

The University of Mississippi Staff Council will celebrate Ole Miss staff members May 16-20 with Staff Appreciation Week.

The weeklong celebration will include learning opportunities, fun and active events and social gatherings. Staff members are also invited to access the Turner Center facilities free of charge during the entire week, just by showing a staff ID card.

Here is a full schedule of events:


“Plants that Work Well in Your Yard” – 10-11 a.m., Student Union, Room 404. Jeff McManus, director of Landscape Services, will present a fun and informative lecture on home landscaping, followed by a Q&A session.

Kick Off to a Healthy Staff Appreciation Week – 11 a.m.-noon, Manning Center. RebelWell will host light yoga in the Manning Center. Staff will exercise with some members of the Ole Miss athletics staff.

Maintenance Monday 4-5 p.m., Ole Miss Bike Shop. The UM bike mechanic will teach participants how to keep their bikes in working order to improve safety, comfort and speed. To register for the workshop, email

Aqua Aerobics 5:15-6:15 p.m., Turner Center pool. Staff members are invited to bring their swimsuits for this fun, high-resistance workout. This cardio workout, in deep or shallow water, will support the body to reduce the risk of muscle and joint injury.



Mississippi Blood Services Blood Drive 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Circle. Mississippi Blood Services will have their coach bus in the Circle throughout the day for anyone that wants to give life and donate blood. All donors get a T-shirt and great prizes and giveaways will be available. To donate, bring a form of identification.

Learn First Aid and CPR 10-11 a.m., Yerby Center Conference Room. Learn the basics of first aid and CPR through a demonstration of safety procedures.

Zumba 4-5 p.m., Grove Stage (Rain location: Student Union, Room 405). Get in your exercise while dancing by participating in this group fitness event in the Grove. All you need is workout clothes and tennis shoes to join in on one of the most popular workout routines.

Aqua Aerobics 5:15-6:15 p.m., Turner Center pool. Come back to the Turner Center for round two of aqua aerobics to get some more cardio in before the end of the day.



Mississippi Blood Services Blood Drive 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Circle. Mississippi Blood Services will be back for a second day, for anyone wanting to donate blood.

Music and Meditation – 10-11 a.m., Paris-Yates Chapel. Join the Staff Council for “The UM Family: A Celebration of Togetherness” that will include inspirational messages and music from talented staff members.

Belly Dancing 2-3 p.m., Student Union, Room 405. Learn a fun and quick choreographed belly dance with fellow staff members to stay active and increase confidence. Staff members will learn foundational moves of the Middle Eastern dance, including shimmies, hip drops, turns and traveling movements. You’ll laugh and sweat a lot!



Plant Swap 10-11:30 a.m., Student Union porch (Rain location: Union Lobby). Bring a plant (or three) and swap them with friends to add variety to homes with duplicate plants. To participate, make sure the plants you wish to swap are rooted and have a card with the common name and planting directions. This year, seeds can also be swapped by placing them in a labeled envelope or closed plastic bag for exchange.

Yoga and Yogurt 12:30-1:30 p.m., Student Union, Room 404. At this RebelWell event, a fitness instructor will teach participants “desk yoga,” which will help refresh you throughout the workday for those short on time. This 20-minute yoga instruction session will be followed by a complimentary yogurt retreat.

Aqua Aerobics 5:15-6:15 p.m., Turner Center pool. Join the Staff Council once again for core, arm and leg exercises at the Turner Center.



Staff Recognition Awards Ceremony 9 a.m., Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Chancellor Jeff Vitter, Director of Admissions Whitman Smith and the Staff Council honor employees who have served the university from five years to 47 years, as well as recognizing outstanding staff members. Door prizes will be awarded at the conclusion, but you must be present to win!

Staff Lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Rebel Market. Join the Staff Council for lunch at the Rebel Market, inside Paul B. Johnson Commons.

Basketball Tournament 1-3:30 p.m., Turner Center. A three-on-three basketball tournament for staff members. To register, contact Sovent Taylor at by Wednesday (May 18).

Kickball 1-3:30 p.m., Intramural Fields. Throwback to your childhood with an exciting game of kickball. There will be two teams, with 10 members per team, but the winner will have all the bragging rights. Deadline to register is Tuesday (May 10). Email the registration form to

Karaoke 1-3:30 p.m., Student Union Lobby. Show off your talents and mingle with fellow staff members by belting out those tunes! A wide variety of musical selections is available, so don’t be shy. Prizes will also be awarded.

Bingo 1-3:30 p.m., Student Union Food Court. Everyone will receive one card for each unwrapped white elephant gift you bring, which is something you have at home that’s usable, but that you no longer need or want. Additional bingo cards can be purchased for $1, which proceeds benefitting the Children of Staff Scholarship Fund. For a bonus, bring your extra dollars for the Jar of Dollars, where each dollar you put in buys a chance to win all the money in the jar! This is optional, but someone has to win and it might be you!

Field Day 1-3:30 p.m., Intramural Fields and the Circle. Remember how great field day was in grade school? Relive those days with this event, hosted by RebelWell. Teams of five will compete in classic games such as the three-legged race, tug of war and a trike race. Register to compete by Wednesday (May 18).

‘Gravy’ Wins Second James Beard Foundation Award

gravypodcastjbfa-300x300The James Beard Foundation has honored “Gravy,” a product of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, as the nation’s best podcast.

In 2015, the foundation named Gravy, the SFA’s quarterly print journal and podcast, as its Publication of the Year. Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through the foods everyone eats.

SFA members receive the printed journal Gravy four times a year, while “Gravy,” a free 25-minute podcast, is available on the SFA website or through iTunes. Both serve up fresh, unexpected and thought-provoking stories of an American South that is constantly evolving, accommodating new immigrants, adopting new traditions and lovingly maintaining old ones.

It is an honor to win a James Beard Award for the second year in a row, said Sara Camp Arnold Milam, Gravy’s managing editor.

“Though our work is grounded in the U.S. South, we explore issues of universal relevance – including class, race, ethnicity, gender and labor – through the lens of food,” Milam said. “It is extremely gratifying to receive national recognition for Gravy.”

The SFA’s quest to dig into lesser-known corners of the region and give voice to those who grow, cook and serve daily meals couldn’t be bound by print. So, in 2014, SFA launched “Gravy” the podcast, produced and hosted by Tina Antolini, a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and a National Public Radio veteran.

Recent podcasts pondered the restaurant chain Cracker Barrel and Southern nostalgia. Another focused on the food world behind the scenes at Indian-owned motels.

“It is so gratifying to have these stories – and their subjects and the radio producers I’ve collaborated with – recognized,” Antolini said in her acceptance speech.

A member-supported nonprofit based at the UM Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

For more information on the SFA and Gravy, go to

UM Section of American Chemical Society Honored for Book Club Program

Group wins ChemLuminary Award for engaging activity

April Steen and Ryan Sessums (UM Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate students) participate in an ACS book club meeting.

UM chemistry and biochemistry graduate students April Steen and Ryan Sessums participate in an ACS book club meeting.

The University of Mississippi’s local section of the American Chemical Society has been awarded the 2015 ChemLuminary Award for its Common Reading Experience program.

The award, for “Best Activity or Program in a Local Section Stimulating Membership Involvement,” honors the Ole Miss section’s dedication to member development and outreach through book club activities. More than 60 people participated in the program that allowed members to meet and discuss the scientific, historic and social aspects of the books distributed to the club.

The books “Warmth Disperses, and Time Passes,” “The Alchemy of Air” and “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York” consistently drew in at least 30 participants in the discussions, including many students and young faculty members.

Susan Pedigo and Nathan Hammer, faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, organized the program. The feedback from members has been extremely positive, and many members want to continue the program in coming years, said Jason Ritchie, councilor of the Ole Miss Local Section and UM associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Pictured (left to right): Martin Rudd, Chair of the ACS Committee on Local Section Activities; Jason Ritchie (UM Chemistry), John Wiginton (UM Chemistry), Ed Movitz (UM Health and Safety), Donna Nelson, President of the ACS

On hand for the awards are (left to right) Martin Rudd, chair of the ACS Committee on Local Section Activities; Jason Ritchie, UM professor of chemistry and biochemistry; John Wiginton, instructional associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Ed Movitz, UM research and environmental compliance officer; and Donna Nelson, ACS president.

“It worked out very well,” Ritchie said. “Rather than coming to local section meetings and listening to guest lectures, members participated in a common reading experience and shared their thoughts and what they learned with each other. We learned that members really enjoyed this new social meeting model and were excited about continuing it.”

Ole Miss Local Section Chair Jared Delcamp, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, became involved in the local section during these book club activities.

“I found the book club program to be exceptionally useful in meeting ACS members I had previously had few interactions with,” Delcamp said. “Providing a central discussion focus through the provided books made approaching members I had not interacted with exceptionally simple.

“Through this program, I developed friendships across several Ole Miss departments while reading some interesting books.”

Through partnerships with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Ole Miss Local Section of the ACS advertised the activity through flyers, class announcements and emails to all graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in chemistry, as well as to area chemistry professors and scientists.

Isom Center, UM Pride Network Organize Inaugural LOU Pride Weekend

The inaugural LOU Pride Weekend will be held May 5 to 8.

The inaugural LOU Pride Weekend will be held May 5-8.

OXFORD, Miss. – The inaugural Lafayette-Oxford-University Pride Weekend is set for May 5-8 throughout the city of Oxford and the University of Mississippi.

The event, organized by the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, the UM Pride Network and other student groups, is designed to create inclusive and welcoming spaces for the LGBTQ communities of Lafayette County, Oxford and Ole Miss.

Here is the full schedule of events:

Thursday (May 5)

Code Pink – The weekend festivities begin at Proud Larry’s at 9 p.m. with a dance party, featuring UM student DJs Gogo and Special K, DJ Sgrotesque and DJ Such & Such. There will also be a special dance performance called “Square Secrets” by Hinge Dance Company, Hip Hop Rebs and Ole Miss Student Dance. The event is for ages 18 and older and there is a $5 cover charge.

Friday (May 6)

Lavender Graduation – This inaugural ceremony, held by the UM Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement and other campus partners, will celebrate LGBTQ students graduating from the university this spring. The ceremony is slated for noon in the Ole Miss Student Union Ballroom.

GoDiva’s Eleganza Extravaganza Drag Show – Proud Larry’s will host this event, featuring drag performers Aubrey Ombre, Freaknasty, Krymson Scholar, Baby Holliday and GoDiva Holliday. The 9 p.m. show is for those 18 and older, and tickets are $5 at the door.

Saturday (May 7)

The inaugural LOU Pride Parade will stroll through Oxford. The parade will begin forming at 2 p.m. in the Ford Center parking lot and begin at 2:30 p.m. The route moves from Presidential Debate Way to University Avenue, around the Courthouse Square and back to the University Depot by way of Jackson Avenue. All are welcome to march in the parade or line the route in support of the LGBTQ community.

Sunday (May 8)

LOU Pride Weekend will conclude with a final event at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Shelter on Van Buren will host “LGBTQ Shorts: Struggles and Celebrations of Being Out in the Deep South,” sponsored by the Crossroads Film Society and Oxford Film Festival.

For more information about LOU Pride Weekend, visit

Winners Show Intense Athleticism at Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon

Billy Tune, 37, and Michele Kisel, 35, claimed first place overall in their respective male and female categories at the 11th Annual Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon.

More than 200 participants registered for the April 3 event, hosted by the University of Mississippi Department of Campus Recreation. Ninety competitors were female, 121 male and seven participants were under age 18, all competing for the best time while showing amazing athleticism.

Each participant completed a 440-meter swim at the Turner Center natatorium, a 22-kilometer bike ride through the Ole Miss campus and Oxford, and a 5.5-K run through campus.

Kisel, resident of Cordova, Tennessee, led the female category and completed the race in 1 hour, 14 minutes, 32 seconds, followed by Damie Roberts, 38, at 1:18:48, and Liz Alford, 28, at 1:26:2.

Tune, from Memphis, completed the race in 1:7:2. Right behind him were Doug Earthman, 29, at 1:7:20, and Phillip Young, 30, at 1:7:36.

Ole Miss Campus Recreation hosts multiple events throughout the year to encourage campus and the surrounding community to stay active. For a full schedule of events and more information, click here.

UM Theater Students Draw Attention to Water Issues

Performance part of National Water Dance 2016

Department of Theatre Arts dance students are drawing attention to water issues such as the need for clean drinking water and rising sea levels.

Department of Theatre Arts dance students are drawing attention to water issues such as the need for clean drinking water and rising sea levels.

Dance students from the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre Arts are participating in National Water Dance 2016, which draws attention to water issues such as the need for clean drinking water and rising sea levels.

They will take that movement to Mud Island River Park in Memphis for a performance that’s free and open to the public, slated for 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday (April 16).

“The students participating are amazing,” said Jennifer Mizenko, UM professor of theater arts. “They’ve been rehearsing the movement material that will be used since the first week of February.”

Ole Miss students Cynthia Bauer, Taylor Blair Caton, Austyn Davis, Karen Anne Patti, Raymond (Ray J) Brown, LaDarius Lee, Kaleb Mitchell, Genevieve Walker and Drew Wheeler are participating in the event.

National Water Dance is a collective of dance artists and educators stretching from coast to coast, and its project focuses on the Mississippi River.

“We are creating a ‘movement choir’, a simultaneous, site-specific performance of dancers and movers of all ages and experience, to bring attention to the pressing issues of water in the United States,” the group’s mission statement says.

“National Water Dance believes that our environment is the most urgent issue of this generation and that artists need to take the lead in addressing it. As dancers, we want to use our bodies to create a community that cries out for action.”

The group says the Mississippi is often thought of as muddy but not appreciated for everything it does. The river links the nation together through its tributaries.

The group celebrates the wild areas along the river, but members also want to call attention to the threat of poisoning the river with chemicals through agricultural runoff from the farms alongside it. They also want to draw attention to the consequences of attempting to tame the river and make it go where mankind wants it to go.

A 15-person shuttle bus from Oxford to Memphis will be available for the performance. The cost to ride is only $2, which will be donated to the UM Green Fund. Riders are asked to register online here. The Memphis event will also be streamed live on the National Water Dance website.