The 2016-17 K-State Tap Dance Ensemble
Eli - Broadway Tapper, Classic Tapper, Rhythm Tapper, and Hoofer
Eli is a Junior at K-State double majoring in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Economics. He is from Winfield Kansas and has been dancing for 18 years, 15 at DanceCamp Studio in Winfield Kansas.
Ellie has grown up dancing at The Studio School of Dance in her hometown Olathe, Kansas. She has been learning all different styles including her favorite style, tap for 15 years. She has also been a student teacher for 2-year old classes and 4-year old classes for 5 years. Ellie has been a leading member of her studios senior company team for 4 years. She has also been a member of both her middle school drill team and high school varsity drill team.
Hannah - Broadway Tapper, Classic Tapper, Rhythm Tapper, and Hoofer
Hannah is a senior at Kansas State University. She grew up in Mission Hills, Kansas and started dancing at Miller Marley School of Dance and Voice at the age of five. She continues to study Classical Ballet, Lyrical Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Broadway Jazz, Musical Theater, Leaps and Turns, Contemporary, and Modern Dance. She also danced with Performance Companies throughout her dance career at Miller Marley including; Showbiz Performers, The Entertainers, and The Competition Team. Hannah was also honored to be a Disney World Troupe Traveling Member. This is her third year on the Kansas State University Tap Ensemble and she is thrilled to be returning. She is majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation with an emphasis in Biodiversity & Conservation and is minoring in dance. She is an active member in Alpha Xi Delta sorority and is currently assuming the position of the song leader after her term on the executive council ended. This is the third year she has been a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi. She also is serving as the Vice President of the student organization KanDance. She is a research assistant for a research program called Tap To Togetherness for which she applied and was awarded the Undergraduate Research Scholarship for the spring of 2016.
Kendra is a junior here at Kansas State University, majoring in Social Work with an interest in Drama Therapy. She is originally from and grew up right here in Manhattan, Kansas! Kendra just recently began her dance training here at K-State during her second year of schooling. She has taken ballet and tap, and has participated in musical theatre dance as well. She also participated in K-State’s Spring Dance program of 2016, although this is her first year on the tap dance ensemble. In her free time, Kendra also enjoys acting, writing fiction, drawing, and traveling.
Lexy - Broadway Tapper and Classic Tapper
Lexy (Alexis) is a Senior at Kansas State University studying Elementary Special Education and Theater with a dance concentration. Lexy has been dancing for 3 years, all of them here at K-State. She has been in 6 winter and spring dance productions here at Kansas State, and has worked with the Tap Ensemble for two years. Although she has only been dancing for a short time, she has had the opportunity to teach dance to other students, and choreograph material for the city theater. Lexy is most comfortable dancing in Tap or West African styles of dance since that is where she is most experienced.
Logan - Broadway Tapper and Classic Tapper
Logan is a freshman here at Kansas State and has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She started her dance training at Studio 3 Dance in Plano, TX and changed studios at age 12 to a more serious studio. For the next 5 years she was apart of the Performing Company at Next Step Dance in Frisco, TX. During those 5 years she traveled around the country competing, taking classes and earning scholarships at many dance conventions like Adrenaline, NYCDA, Nuvo, Jump and 24Seven. These scholarships she earned has allowed her to compete against many other dancers for title at each conventions' nationals. During her first year at Next Step Dance, Logan gained a love for tap and quickly started to focus on that style. With this she gained friendships with many known tap dancers around the country like Nick Dinicolangelo, Chloe Arnold, Katelyn Harris, Sarah Reich, Anthony Morigerato, Justin Lewis and many more. Logan was able to assist her tap teacher Malana Murphy for 4 years in the recreational classes and the younger company classes. She is looking forward to continue and share her love for tap as a part of the Kansas State Tap Ensemble.
Mary - Broadway Tapper and Classic Tapper
Mary was born and raised in Zahle, Lebanon. In 2014 she decided to pursue her college education at Kansas State University where she is majoring in International Business and minoring in Dance and Chinese. Although dance has been a part of her life since she was five, Mary only began learning tap dance in the fall of 2015 and is excited to continually progress and improve her skill and ability in this style of dance.
Mar’Quel - Broadway Tapper and Classic Tapper
Mar’Quel is a senior at K-State majoring in Animal Science with a pre-vet option. She has been dancing since the age of 7 at Dance Plus Studio in St. Louis, MO. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, African, modern, praise, and pointe. Mar’Quel is very passionate about dance and it holds a very special place in her heart. This will be Mar’Quels first year on the Tap Ensemble and she looks forward to making great memories with great people!
Nicole - Broadway Tapper and Classic Tapper
Nicole is a senior at Kansas State University dual majoring in Chemical Science and Secondary Education. Originally from Topeka, Kansas, she has been dancing since she was ten. This is her second year on the K-State Tap Ensemble. She also participated in Spring Dance 2015, Winter Dance 2015, Spring Dance 2016 and Tap to Togetherness.
Olivia - Broadway Tapper and Classic Tapper
Olivia is in her first year with the tap ensemble. Olivia has previously danced on the competition team for 12 years at Leigh's School of Dance in Olathe, Kansas. She has also been a part of 6 musicals at her previous high school. She is very excited to start a new chapter in her dance career and can't wait for all of the new experiences.
Ryan - Broadway Tapper and Classic Tapper
Ryan is a senior in Music Education vocal emphasis with a minor in Dance. This is her third year in the group and is very excited for the year to come. As well as participating in tap ensemble she also participates in Winter and Spring Dance, K-State Singers, Collegiate Chorale, Grand Rhapsody and accompanies several K-State Choirs. After graduation she plans to find a teaching job in Kansas teaching K-12 vocal and general music.
Shelton - Broadway Tapper and Classic Tapper
Shelton begins the 2016-2017 season as one of the newer dancers on the team. His first formal dance class outside Ballroom was Jazz 1, which he took in spring 2014. The following semester, he enrolled in Tap 1, and has been addicted to it ever since. A longtime runner, Shelton found Tap to be a more musical form of expression than his running, but a natural evolution of the footwork he’d learned playing organized ultimate Frisbee in high school and playing unorganized roller-hockey in his youth.
Shelton’s dance experience at K-State has also included Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, and African styles. He has performed twice in SpringDance and once in WinterDance at K-State. He is also an active participant in Tap To Togetherness, a youth tap dance based research program here at Kansas State University.
Outside of dance, Shelton is an English major with an emphasis on Creative Writing and Poetry, and will soon complete his journalism minor. He has written for K-State’s student newspaper, the Collegian, for over three years, also serving in various editorial positions. He recently successfully completed a summer-long reporter internship at the Salina Journal, in Salina, Kansas. This year, he covers K-State soccer and football for the Collegian.
After he graduates, Shelton hopes to be a career sports journalist while taking and teaching adult tap classes in his spare time. He follows the Tapestry Dance Company of Austin, Texas, and hopes to one day audition for and train with the company and Acia Gray, its co-founder and producing artistic director.
Shelton is a native of Lancaster, California and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He moved to Kansas with his family in 2006, becoming actively involved in choral music before enrolling at K-State as a music education major for a year, then switching to journalism and English.
Sydnee is a Freshman here at K-State. She is from Great Falls, Montana and her Major is Life Sciences. Sydnee has danced for 13 years, and has learned different styles of dance such as Tap and Jazz. While dancing in Great Falls, Sydnee was apart of Miss Linda’s Studio Centre and has been in many productions that they have held. Sydnee is excited for this experience of dancing the Tap ensemble with people who love to dance like she does.
Taylor - Broadway Tapper and Classic Tapper
Taylor is a sophomore at Kansas State University. She grew up in Great Bend, KS and started dancing at the age of 3. Although she enjoys all types of dance, she definitely fell in love with tap the most. Taylor is very blessed and excited to be a part of the K-State Tap Ensemble for a second year. She has made many connections with fantastic students and faculty that she will always keep near and dear to her heart. Along with the connections, being on the ensemble has allowed her to share her love of tap with the community of Manhattan and beyond. One of the most exciting opportunities she’s had because of the tap ensemble is being able to be a part of Tap to Togetherness. This year she has received research scholarships to help her be involved in the growing program. Her major is Psychology with a minor in Leadership Studies. She plans to go to grad school after graduating for Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
Tiffani - Broadway Tapper and Classic Tapper
Tiffani is a junior double majoring in Secondary Education and Dance. She is from Overland Park, Kansas, and has been tapping since she was 2 years old. This will be her third and final year as part of the Tap Ensemble, since she will be finishing her dance degree this year. At K-State Tiffani has been a part of Honors Executive Board, Union Program Council, WinterDance, SpringDance, and African Ensemble along with Tap Ensemble. This year she is honored to be the president of KanDance, the student dance organization at KSU. She loves to do all kinds of dancing, and she also sings, acts, and writes. She is hoping to use her Dance degree and perform professionally after graduating. After dancing for a while, she wants to teach high school English. Tiffani can’t wait for the coming year and all the amazing experiences to come. She is excited to be growing and learning, and she hopes that she can help others reach the same goal.
Victoria - Broadway Tapper and Classic Tapper
Victoria is a sophomore at K-State and is pursuing a degree in chemical engineering. This is her first year as a member of the Tap Dance Ensemble. Victoria decided to venture out of her home town of Greeley, Colorado to see all of what Manhattan had to offer and has not regretted it once. Outside of dance, Victoria loves to snowboard, wakeboard, ride 4 wheelers, mountain bike, and get lost in the trees. She fell in love with dance at the age of 3 and she hasn’t stopped dancing since, taking classes in tap, jazz, ballet, and pointe. As her classes got harder in high school, the hours she could spend at the studio began to dwindle. However, as a senior, she took the opportunity to compete with a neighboring high school dance team in the Universal Dance Association National Competition in Orlando, Florida. After this competition, Victoria realized that she never wanted to eliminate dance from her life. After a long freshman year with only swing dancing, she knew she needed to get back into the style. When she found the Tap Ensemble, she was over joyed and jumped on the opportunity to become a member. Victoria is very excited to integrate her love of tap into her everyday life at K-State.