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Source: Neil Dunn, 785-532-6870,
News release prepared by: Megan Wilson, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The dance program at Kansas State University will present SpringDance 2009 at 7:30 p.m. April 3-4 in McCain Auditorium.

The performance will feature K-State students and a special presentation from "Walking with Pearl…Southern Diaries," which was restaged by Chanon Judson, a guest artist from the Urban Bush Women dance company who served a dance residency at K-State Feb. 15-28. Choreography by K-State dance faculty Neil Dunn, David Ollington, Julie Pentz and Joyce Yagerline also will be showcased.

In addition, SpringDance 2009 will include a traditional African social dance inspired by guest artists Bernard Woma and Yaa Bekyore, both of Ghana, West Africa.

Tickets for SpringDance 2009 on sale and can be purchased at the McCain box office or by calling 785-532-6428.

In addition to SpringDance, the K-State dance program also will present a Dance Student Spotlight show. This informal event will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union. The show will feature choreography by K-State students and includes experimental works, works in progress and class projects. Featured this semester are projects from the choreography classes and new media projects from the dance and technology classes. Admission to the show is free, but donations will be accepted to support the Dance Accompanying program, which provides live musical accompaniment in dance classes. More information about the show is available by contacting Dunn at 785-532-6870 or online at

Students participating in K-State's SpringDance 2009 include:

Autumn Scoggan, junior in theater, Beloit; Ashley Shaff, junior in dietetics and public health nutrition, Cedar Vale; Randi King, junior in animal sciences and industry, and Rachel Weber, sophomore in fine arts, both of Derby; Holly Hickerson, senior in theater, Douglass; Roy Burkhalter, freshman in public health nutrition, Fort Riley; Michelle Dick, junior in political science, Garden City.

From Greater Kansas City: Lisa Kranz, freshman in theater, Leawood; Jennifer Grantman, senior in mass communications, and Kelly Marshall, senior in kinesiology and dietetics, both from Overland Park; and Nora Shook, junior in nutrition and kinesiology, Shawnee.

Kailyn Willse, freshman in fine arts and pre-professional business administration, and Rachel Witham, senior in psychology, both of Hutchinson; Kelsi Ruth, junior in marketing, Johnson, and Eryka Stabel, sophomore in theater, Lakin.

From Manhattan: Maggie Boatman, freshman in fine arts; Lindsey Liotta, senior in finance; Hannah Mills, sophomore in pre-journalism and mass communications; Katie Speer, freshman in life sciences; and Shannon Thomas, sophomore in humanities.

Melissa Porter, junior in communication science and disorders, McLouth; Ryan Felber, senior in English, Mulvane; and Anna Ukele, junior in theater and anthropology, Sabetha.

From Topeka: Erin Duffy, junior in apparel and textile marketing; Laura Koger, senior in theater; Brittany Mcleod, junior in theater; Katie Lero, junior in theater and public health nutrition; and Belinda Post, senior in theater.

Heather Frisch, junior in animal sciences and industry, and Megan Park, freshman in kinesiology, both from Wichita; and Michelle Thomas, senior in English and journalism and mass communications, Winfield.

From out of state:

Karen Morian, graduate student in counseling and student development, Glendale, Ariz.; Samantha Schultz, senior in theater, Manning, Iowa.

From Missouri: Heather Haberberger, sophomore in applied music, Fenton; Annie Tipton, senior in mechanical engineering, Smithville; and Amanda Meinhardt, freshman in theater, Springfield.

From Nebraska: Liz Meyer, sophomore in architecture, Grand Island; Brin Miller, senior in anthropology, Lincoln; and Maggie Baumann, junior in sociology, and Makenzie Provorse, senior in chemistry, both from Omaha.

Tyrone Williams, freshman in theater, Columbia, S.C.