Meet the Ensemble
Abigail is a sophomore at Kansas State and is dual majoring in Nutrition and Kinesiology as well as minoring in Business. She is from Durango, Colorado and began dancing at the age of three at Dance in the Rockies, and has been on the ensemble for one year. Tap has "won her heart" but she also has been educated in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, musical theatre, and hip hop. She competed with the Dance in the Rockies Competition Team for eleven years, and also taught tap classes and choreographed many pieces. She has had the privilege of taking classes with tap legends such as Jason Samuels Smith, Derrick Grant, Chloe Arnold, Ernest "Brownie" Brown, Harold Cromer, Arthur Duncan, and Dianne Walker to name a few. Abigail is very excited to be here at K-State and honored to be a member of the K-State Tap Ensemble.
Aubrey is a Junior at Kansas State University majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Spanish. She is from Hesston, Kansas and has been tap dancing since age three. Aubrey grew up going to the Newton Performing Arts dance studio. She has also trained in jazz, lyrical, Irish, and ballet. Aubrey has participated in competitive Irish dancing for five years. She has also performed in Spring Dance 2012 in Echo and Jump to It. Tap is by far her favorite style of dance and will always be a big part of her life.
Bethany is a senior at Kansas State, and has lived in Manhattan her whole life. She began dancing at age 5 with Manhattan Parks and Rec. She received 3rd place at ShowBiz in Kansas City at age 6, performing a tap piece with her 4 year old brother, and has had a passion for tap dance ever since. She continued dancing through elementary and middle school, and joined her high-school dance team freshman year. Her senior year she was given the privilege of being Captain of the team.
Her first year of college she took a break from dancing and tried to pursue her passion for music, however, she was drawn back to dance the following year. She has performed in Winterdance and Springdance the past two years, and was given the opportunity to represent the Dance Department at K-State Celebrates. She also taught during K-State Dance Day and this is her second year as KanDance Vice President. She plans to graduate in Fall '13 with a Degree in Dance, and hopes to continue pursuing her love for choreographing musicals.
Caitlyn is a senior at Kansas State University. It is her fourth year on the Ensemble. She is majoring in Civil Engineering and pursuing a Minor in Leadership Studies. Caitlyn plans to get her Masters in Occupational Therapy after completing undergrad. Caitlyn grew up at Pattie Beller Dance and Gymnastics in Overland Park, Kansas where she took dance starting at the age of 3 1/2. Caitlyn was a member of the competitive troupe at her studio for eight years and Beller Tap Connection, the studio's competitive tap troupe, for six years. She has taken classes in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, African, and clogging, but tap remains her favorite style. Caitlyn also taught dance classes at Beller's. She performed with the Tap Ensemble in Winter Dance 2010, 2011, and 2012, and Spring Dance 2011, 2012, and 2013 as well as many other Ensemble performances. Caitlyn performed in guest artist, Nela Niemann's rendition of Paquita in Spring Dance 2012. She has also performed in multiple Senior Showcases, including, most recently, Jordan Roberts' and Bethany Parker's "Mirrored Eclipse" in the spring of 2013. Her favorite part of being a part of the Ensemble is performing at preschools and elementary schools in the area.
Carolyn, a junior at Kansas State, is from Ozark, Missouri. She began dancing at Sonshine Performing Arts Studio at the age of 3 and transferred to Ozark Dance Academy at age 5, learning the styles of ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern. Once in high school, she was actively involved with the Ozark Tiger Dance Team and the Ozark Tiger Pride Band while continuing her study at the studio.
While being in college, Carolyn has performed in 24 dances with K-State Dance and the Tap Ensemble along with working as a Rehearsal Assistant for 4 pieces. Some of the performance opportunities she has participated in are WinterDance, SpringDance, Kansas Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival Showcase and Gala, Kansas State Orchestra Concert, Kansas Dance Festival, and the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble Showcase. She has represented the dance program at K-State Celebrates in Overland Park and taught prospective students during K-State Dance Day. While studying the Paul Taylor technique over the 2012 summer she was able to partake in a live broadcast feed to China, for dignitaries and top researchers, for the testing of Internet2 at the University of Michigan.
Carolyn is currently pursuing dual Majors in Dance and Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Fitness Instruction, and a Pre-Physical Therapy health emphasis here at Kansas State. She is very excited to continue growing as a performer in her third year of being a part of the ensemble.
Cassidy is a junior at Kansas State University and is a Secondary Education major with a teaching field of Mathematics. She is from Shawnee, KS where she began dancing at Nallia's School of Dance at the age of six. There she learned many styles of dance, such as, ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics. Cassidy competed with the Dance Electric Performing Troupe for four years. She then joined her high school dance team, the Cougar Classics, while continuing to further her education at the studio. Her senior year she served as an officer where she also choreographed various numbers for the team. She also traveled to California with her high school marching band to perform in the Hollywood Santa Parade and Disney Land. Cassidy loves to dance, and is very excited to be apart of the Tap Ensemble this year!
Emily is a junior double majoring in agribusiness and accounting. Dance has been a passion of hers for 17 years now and she has always had a special place in her heart for tap. This is her first year on the K-State tap dance ensemble and she is loving every minute of it! It adds even more meaning to her college experience and keeps her sane in the whirl of hectic college life.
Jamie, a sophomore, is excited for her first year on the K-state Tap Dance Ensemble. Jamie is an English Literature major and has plans to pursue a career in the field of book publishing and editing. Over the summer Jamie received an excellent opportunity to Beta read for one of her favorite authors, Wendy Higgins. Outside of her major, Jamie loves to read, rock climb, dance and bake! Jamie is currently an Instructor at The Next Step Dance Studio in Junction City. She loves sharing her passion for dance with the new younger generation of dancers. Jamie is entering her 14th year dancing and is excited to share it with the Ensemble!
Hope is a Senior Dance Major originally from Hesston, KS. She has been dancing for 16 years (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern) and is studying to be a dance teacher. Hope's passion for dance has taken her all over the world: performing in England, the East Coast, and the Mid-West, and it also inspired her internship at The Washington Ballet @ THEARC prior to KState. Her favorite part of tap is achieving any complex step and her favorite part of the ensemble is being able to perform multiple numbers at the drop of the hat with a family amazing dancers!
Jordan is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in Dance, this is her third year being a member of the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble. Her hometown is Beloit, Kansas were she attended NCK Dance Studio. She has been dancing there since she was four years old, for fourteen years. She was taught ballet, tap, jazz, and got a taste of hip-hop as well. She also taught youth ranging in ages from six to eleven years old in those selected form of dance for five years. When she entered high school, she was also on her schools, Beloit Jr. Sr. High School dance team.
Since attending Kansas State she has performed in Student Spotlight Fall '09 and also "Slassy" choreographed by Julie Pentz in Spring Dance '10. "This One's For You" a tap piece choreographed by Julie Pentz, and "Undecided" a contemporary piece choreographed by Neil Dunn in Winter Dance '10. "Tism" a contemporary piece choreographed by Neil Dunn, "How" a jazz piece choreographed by Julie Pentz, and "This and That" a tap piece choreographed by Julie Pentz in Spring Dance '11. "Thirteen" choreographed by Julie Pentz and Neil Dunn, "Triangles" choreographed by Neil Dunn, "Amp" choreographed by Julie Pentz, "Frosty the Snowman" and "Sleigh Ride" choreographed by Julie Pentz in Winter Dance '11. She is now teaching for the Manhattan Parks and Recreation dance studio. This is her third year on the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble and she is looking forward to more dance experience and the fun to come.
Mark is a Junior from Thousand Oaks, California, and he is currently striving for a major in Theatre with a Dance option and pursuing minors in Music and Leadership Studies. Other activities on campus include: Christian Challenge, a member of ACACIA fraternity, and a Lifeguard with the Rec services. On top of the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble he is in various choir and dance classes, a member of the K-State Singers, is cast in Winter Dance, and was also cast in the Musical "The Wedding Singer". Mark is excited for this busy year and says it is worth it because he loves to dance and perform!
Michelle is a freshman at Kansas State University majoring in kinesiology. She is from Topeka, KS and has been dancing since the age of three. Michelle began dancing at The Dance Factory and competed on their competition team for nine years. She was trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, and modern. Michelle was also a four year member of her high school dance team, the Dancin’ Blues. Furthermore, in her senior year of high school, Michelle became a Tremaine dance convention apprentice where she was able to travel to multiple cities and assist professional choreographers in class. She has also travelled to Los Angeles, CA and taken dance classes at the EDGE Performing Arts Center which were taught by popular choreographers such as Bobby Newberry, Mandy Moore, and Stacey Tookey. She is so excited to be continuing her passion for dance and is thrilled to be at KSU.
Currently three years into her career at Kansas State University, Michelle is working to earn her bachelors of science in geology with a minor in dance. Born and raised in Downey, California, Michelle found a home in Manhattan and the Wildcat Pride of Kansas State. A new tapper, she started tapping at Kansas State and has fallen in love with dancing her feet off. Michelle enjoys entertaining audiences with her novice taps and quirky personality. In hopes of continuing to support dance throughout her life, Michelle encourages everyone to lace up a pair of tap shoes and try it out, you never know what your feet will do!
Sydney is a freshman from Topeka, KS. She is a Math and Secondary Education Major. She has danced for 13 years, studying tap, ballet, jazz and lyrical. Sydney was a member of the Fuzion School of Dance Competition Team and the Washburn Rural High School Dancin' Blues. Sydney looks forward to Tap Ensemble, K-State, and the future!
Tyler is currently a junior at Kansas State University. Tyler grew up in Huron, South Dakota taking dance classes at Johnny Cavelle Dance Studio since the fourth grade. He has trained in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, and tap. Tyler has attended the Checetti Council of America International Dance Intensive for many summers in Holland, Michigan. With his dance training Tyler has had the opportunity to choreograph pieces for his hometown studio and community.
Outside the tap ensemble Tyler is double majoring in Nutrition and Kinesiology with a dance minor. While at Kansas State he has performed in Winter Dance 2009 & 2010 and Spring Dance 2010 & 2011. He has also danced numerous times in Student Spotlight and Senior Recitals. He also had the great opportunity to be a professional dancer for K-State Dancing with the Stars. In addition, he holds an officer position for KanDance, is a Human Ecology Ambassador and is an active member of the Kinesiology Student Association. Tyler plans to dance throughout his career here at Kansas State and looks forward the many opportunities the future holds.