Source: Neil Dunn, 785-532-6875, neildunn@k-state.edu
Hometown connection: Beloit, Bonner Springs, Dodge City, Eureka, Gardner, Hutchinson, Junction City, Lakin, Leawood, Lenexa, Maize, Manhattan, Marysville, Olathe, Overland Park, Peabody, Sabetha, Salina, Shawnee and Topeka, Kan. Also for Simi Valley, Calif.; Durango, Colo; Glenwood Estates, Ill.; Papillion, Neb.; Huron, S.D.; and Katy, Texas.
Note to editor: Mica Bengtson is a graduate of Olathe South High School and Amy Burns is a graduate of Kansas City Christian School, Prairie Village.
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

Dancing in December: Dance program presents WinterDance 2011 Dec. 1-3

MANHATTAN -- Sugarplums won’t be the only thing dancing this December. Kansas State University dance program students will perform choreography in a variety of dance styles for WinterDance 2011.

The annual dance showcase will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-3, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3. All performances are in Nichols Theater.

"WinterDance 2011 will feature ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap, covering a wide range of moods and characters, from dark and intense to delightful and playful,” said Neil Dunn, instructor of dance at K-State and faculty choreographer for the performance.

The program will also feature holiday-themed pieces, including performances to "Frosty the Snow Man," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Sleigh Ride."

In addition to Dunn, K-State faculty choreographers for the performance include Julie Pentz, associate professor of dance, and Joyce Yagerline, associate professor of dance.

Tickets cost $8 to $14, with a variety of discounts available for university students, faculty and staff, seniors and military families. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or by calling McCain at 785-532-6428 during box office hours. Tickets also may be purchased at the Little Theater box office in the K-State Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact Dunn at 785-532-6875.

K-State students performing in WinterDance 2011 include:

Jordan Roberts, junior in theater, Beloit; Katie Kobialka, junior in family studies and human services, Bonner Springs; Heather Champlin, junior in family studies and human services, Dodge City; Felicia Teichgraeber, senior in psychology, Eureka.

From Greater Kansas City: Michelle Thomas, senior in theater, Gardner; Katie Bourk, freshman in journalism and mass communications, Leawood; Caitlyn Vohs, sophomore in electrical engineering, Lenexa; Mica Bengtson, junior in theater, and Amy Burns, junior in elementary education, both from Olathe; Sarah Megee, sophomore in journalism and mass communications, and Emma Wilson, freshman in interior design, both from Overland Park; andNora Shook, senior in kinesiology, Shawnee.

Molly Wichman, sophomore in kinesiology, Hutchinson; Ashleigh Moody, sophomore in apparel and textiles, Junction City; Eryka Stabel, senior in marketing, management and theater, Lakin; Hattie Joe Straight, junior in theater, Maize.

From Manhattan: Meredith Olds, freshman in theater; Bethany Parker, sophomore in theater; Ellen Roberson, sophomore in arts and sciences-open option; and Caiti Timmins, graduate student in public health.

Alana Pfeifer, senior in theater, Marysville; Shelby Elliott, sophomore in music education, Peabody; Anna Ukele, senior in theater and anthropology, Sabetha.

From Salina: Megan Robl, senior in mass communications; Madison Miles, junior in finance; and Hollyn Smith, junior in psychology.

Randell Rhoten, freshman in theater, Topeka.

From out of state: Christina Ballew, junior in hotel and restaurant management, Simi Valley, Calif.; Abigail Owen, freshman in interior design, Durango, Colo.; Tanniqua-Kay Buchanan, sophomore in arts and sciences-open option, Glenwood Estates, Ill.; Jenna Lempke, senior in early childhood education, Papillion, Neb.; Tyler Nenaber, junior in kinesiology, Huron, S.D.; and Jesseca Milholm, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Katy, Texas.