Too bad; a number of the dancers (including a few choreographers) looked in need of more time on the dance floor. The lifts and frolicking floor work in Morningstar's dances, in particular, would benefit from lither, lighter-on-their feet bodies.
Another standout amidst the clutch of new works was Linda Stuart's small victories, a solo that she performed herself, mostly from behind a waist-high pedestal. The prop gives rise to interesting gestures: Palms, fingers, eyes, head, are integral to the dance, which conveys the character's shyness, fear and reluctance to stand on her own. When Stuart eventually abandons her pedestal, dancing to the ``Habanera`` from Carmen, the movements can be ebullient.
Props propelled the evening: Revolving doors were simulated for Stephen Welsh's Urban Rotation, an electric fan and yards of pearls for Nancy Golike's brief solo Hothouse.
Urban Rotation, danced by Welsh, Melanie Savadove and Harold Sun, is a long, searching piece whose slight steps and pauses were set to the music of Michael Nyman, Patti Smith and Tomandandy. A pleasant contrast was the solo Bored on a Sunday, created and performed by Nichole Canuso, whose ponytails flapped as she nimbly danced a number sung by the Three Stooges. Canuso's dance drew many chuckles, as did Jessica Dellecave's jejune ``Pasta Girl.'' Her costume - glitter pasties and supergirl cape - was the best thing about the dance. The dance's prop: Piles of cooked pasta.
INDEPENDENT CHOREOGRAPHERS' EXCHANGE Performing at: UArts Dance Theater, 1512 Spruce St., at 7:30 tonight and Saturday night. Tickets are $8 ($10 for both). Information: 215-629-8529.