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All about dance: SpringDance 2014 features students, faculty and more

Monday, March 17, 2014

       

 

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's annual dance extravaganza, SpringDance, will feature students and faculty presenting a variety of new, fresh and entertaining works.

SpringDance 2014 will be at 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29 at McCain Auditorium. It is presented by the university's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Tickets are available at the McCain box office for $8-$14. Group discounts are available. For information, contact neildunn@k-state.edu.

SpringDance 2014 includes work by Laura Donnelly, assistant professor of dance, whose "SolidCrystal" is a collaborative work with Kansas State University alumnus Bryce Craig, a composer/musician. It's the first section of a three-part contemporary ballet inspired by the physical process of a crystal melting into a liquid, then re-solidifying into glass. Donnelly's "Ready Player One," a collaboration with Robert Roth, was inspired by the themes of identity, creativity and individuality that emerged from the 2013 K-State Book Network selection, "Ready Player One."

"Hide and Seek" will feature the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble and tap dance students from the university's dance program. "Ventilation" is a contemporary jazz dance work that explores breath, expansion, suspension and fear. Other works in SpringDance 2014 include "Awakening," a duet by David Ollington, associate professor of dance, which will be performed at the American College Dance Festival at the University of Montana, Missoula in April. Also by Ollington, "Moon Flight," for clarinetist and tap dancer, will feature Tod Kerstetter, university professor of music.

New ensemble works by Ollington; Andrea Skowronek, instructor of dance; and choreography by Carolyn Fitzgibbons, senior in theatre, Nixa, Mo., also will be performed.

Students in the SpringDance 2014 cast and crew include:

Rachel Arbuckle, junior in elementary education, Andover, dancer in "Solid Crystal"; Mary Wahlmeier, junior in music, Burlington, dancer in "Ventilation" and "Hide and Seek"; Kristin Chase, junior in theatre, Chanute, dancer in "Ventilation," "Hide and Seek" and "Hymns and Mantras"; Liz Parker, freshman in pre-psychology, Chapman, costume design; Ryan Moos, sophomore in music education, Clay Center, dancer in "Ventilation" and "Hide and Seek"; Emily Warriner, senior in agribusiness, Effingham, dancer in "Hide and Seek"; Keith Mains, senior in sociology, Ellsworth, dancer in "Awakening"; Kaitlin Downing, senior in English, Fort Leavenworth, dancer in "Solid Crystal."

From Greater Kansas City: Sophie Elliott, sophomore in elementary education, understudy in "Solid Crystal," and Christopher Jungk, senior in environmental design, dancer in "Solid Crystal" and understudy in "Hide and Seek," and Gillian Long, junior in biochemistry, dancer in "Ventilation" and "Hymns and Mantras," all from Leawood; Brett Butler, sophomore in music education, percussion in "Ready Player One," and Caitlyn Vohs, senior in civil engineering, dancer in "Ventilation," "Hide and Seek" and "Polyphonic Kinesis," both from Lenexa; Joe Sheppard, senior in mathematics, Merriam, wardrobe crew; Hannah Yeoman, freshman in biology, Mission Hills, dancer in "Hide and Seek"; Mica Bengston, senior in theatre, dancer and rehearsal assistant in "Solid Crystal," dancer and costume design in "Mica's Dream" and dancer in "Hymns and Mantras," Liz Cook, junior in family studies and human services, stage crew and gel changer, and Katie Wiseman, sophomore in horticulture, dancer in "Ventilation," all from Olathe; Paige Heinze, senior in theatre, dancer in "Solid Crystal" and "Polyphonic Kinesis," and Emma Wilson, junior in interior design, dancer in "Ventilation" and "Seducers of Darkness," both from Overland Park; Cory Jennett, senior in education, Prairie Village, assistant stage manager; and Jamie Teixeira, junior in English, Shawnee, dancer in "Hide and Seek."

Hope Goertzen, senior in theatre, dancer in "Solid Crystal," "Hide and Seek" and "Hymns and Mantras," and Aubrey Nickell, senior in communication sciences and disorders, dancer in "Hide and Seek," both from Hesston; Emily French, junior in family studies and human services, Highland, dancer in "Hymns and Mantras"; Drew Reisner, junior in theatre, Hoisington, lighting design.

From Junction City: Heidi Floyd, senior in theatre, dancer in "Solid Crystal" and "Hide and Seek"; April Mills, senior in kinesiology, understudy in "Solid Crystal"; Whitney Moore, freshman in theatre, dancer in "Solid Crystal" and understudy in "Polyphonic Kinesis"; and Grace Pierson, sophomore in theatre, dancer in "Ventilation."

Kaitlyn Long, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Leavenworth, dancer in "Solid Crystal"; Kimmi Stephens, sophomore in family studies and human services, Louisburg, dancer in "Ventilation" and "Hymns and Mantras."

From Manhattan: Andrea Fournier, junior in elementary education, understudy in "Solid Crystal"; Emmianne Jagosz, freshman in apparel and textiles, dancer in "Solid Crystal" and "Hide and Seek"; Ashlynn Kleinbeck, freshman in life sciences, wardrobe crew; Angelica McKinnis, senior in fine arts, technical director; Sara Morgan, senior in arts and sciences, dancer and rehearsal assistant in "Solid Crystal" and dancer in "Seducers of Darkness"; Daniel Phillips, junior in mechanical engineering, dancer in "Solid Crystal," "Hymns and Mantras" and Parzival/Wade in "Ready Player One"; Emily Roth, master's student in music, alto sax in "Ready Player One"; and Chris Zimmerman, senior in music education, dancer in "Seducers of Darkness" and "Polyphonic Kinesis."

Alana Pfeifer, senior in theatre, Marysville, dancer in "Polyphonic Kinesis"; Kevin Payton, senior in theatre, Munjor, fly person; Samantha Henry, freshman in theatre, Ogden, stage crew and gel changer; Rachael Metzger, senior in interior design, Oskaloosa, light board operator; McKayla Peelen, sophomore in business administration, Ottawa, dancer in "Solid Crystal"; Meredith Olds, senior in theatre, St. George, dancer in "Hymns and Mantras" and "Seducers of Darkness"; Tori Happel, sophomore in kinesiology, Salina, dancer in "Hide and Seek"; Amanda Henke, junior in marketing, Tipton, dancer in "Ventilation."

From Topeka: Michelle Harper, freshman in kinesiology, dancer in "Hide and Seek"; Sydney Ho, junior in secondary education, understudy in "Solid Crystal" and dancer in "Ventilation," "Hide and Seek" and "Hymns and Mantras"; Michael Meier, junior in applied music, tenor sax in "Ready Player One"; and Morgan Velez, senior in interior design, dancer in "Solid Crystal" and "Hymns and Mantras."

Hannah Conroy-Philbrook, sophomore in applied music, Wamego, dancer in "Awakening," "Seducers of Darkness" and "Polyphonic Kinesis"; and Weston Cook, senior in music education, Wichita, baritone sax in "Ready Player One."

From out of state:

Caroline Allison, freshman in microbiology, Benton, Ariz., dancer in "Ventilation" and "Hymns and Mantras"; Michelle Page, senior in geology, Downey, Calif., dancer in "Hide and Seek"; Mark Hay, junior in theatre, Thousand Oaks, Calif., dancer in "Hide and Seek" and "Polyphonic Kinesis"; Abigail Owen, junior in nutrition and kinesiology, Durango, Colo., dancer in "Ventilation," "Hide and Seek" and "Hymns and Mantras"; Tanniqua-Kay Buchanan, senior in regional and community planning, Glenwood Estates, Ill., dancer in "Solid Crystal" and "Hymns and Mantras."

From Missouri: Taylor Mann, sophomore in biology, Joplin, dancer in "Solid Crystal" and "Hymns and Mantras"; Ashley Forté, senior in communication studies, Kansas City, dancer in "Hide and Seek," "Hymns and Mantras" and "Polyphonic Kinesis"; Carolyn Fitzgibbons, senior in theatre, Nixa, dancer in "Solid Crystal," "Hide and Seek" and "Hymns and Mantras"; and Alexis Nelson, freshman in elementary education, Peculiar, dancer in "Hide and Seek," "Polyphonic Kinesis" and Art3mis/Samantha in "Ready Player One."

Christopher Gugel, master's student in music, Amherst, Neb., soprano sax in "Ready Player One"; Victoria Menear, senior in theatre, Bellevue, Neb., dancer and rehearsal assistant in "Solid Crystal," dancer in "Ventilation" and Aech/Helen in "Ready Player One"; Mara Atzenhoffer, freshman in theatre, Avon, Ohio, stage crew and gel changer; Tyler Nenaber, senior in nutrition and health, Huron, S.D., dancer in "Hide and Seek," "Hymns and Mantras" and "Moon Flight"; Norman Hanks, master's student in theatre, Smyrna, Tenn., costume supervisor; Darbie Winrick, freshman in interior design, Cleburne, Texas, stage crew and gel changer; Maggie Glazier, sophomore in theatre, Plano, Texas, sound board operator; and Xiaofei Song, master's student in mass communications, China, dancer in "Polyphonic Kinesis."

Source

Neil Dunn
785-532-6870
neildunn@k-state.edu

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Written by

Darrah Tinkler
785-532-2535
media@k-state.edu


At a glance

Kansas State University's SpringDance 2014 will be at 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29 in McCain Auditorium. Tickets are available at the McCain box office.