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WinterDance 2016 features original choreography for variety of dance styles

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016


MANHATTAN — New choreographed works by Kansas State University dance faculty will be performed by students in "WinterDance 2016" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for the public. They can be purchased online at ksu.universitytickets.com or by calling 785-236-8638.

A showcase of dance styles, "WinterDance 2016" will include tap, jazz, modern and African dance.

Julie Pentz, associate professor and associate director of dance, has choreographed a jazz work to three jazz standards: "On the Sunnyside of the Street," "Doxy" and "It's Only a Paper Moon." The K-State Tap Dance Ensemble will feature 16 tap dancers performing a new rhythm-style work, "Circle Up, Again," also choreographed by Pentz.

The K-State African Music and Dance Ensemble will perform two different and contrasting traditional pieces: "Gota," an energetic war dance from the Ewe ethnic group; and the graceful "Yilla and Goula" — or "Song and Dance" — accompanied by African xylophones. Both works were choreographed by Neil Dunn, instructor of dance, and Pentz.

Works choreographed by the newest dance faculty members also will be featured. "The Sylphs at Duck Swamp," choreographed by Kate Digby, assistant professor, is a quirky and vigorous modern dance work set to Chopin's score for the classic ballet, "Les Sylphides." At Duck Swamp, classical lines collide with silly romps as eight oddball birds try to take flight. "Murmuration," by Stephen Loch, instructor, explores the re-staging of elaborate patterns of flocking birds onto the human body. Loch also choreographed "quintet," which explores conversations of transitions between juxtaposing movement qualities in the body.

The following Kansas State University students are performing in "WinterDance 2016":

Natalie Timmons, junior in animal sciences and industry, Cherokee; Ryan Moos, senior in music education, Clay Center; Megan Goeckel, freshman in microbiology, Council Grove; Mary Abounabhan, junior in management, Emporia; Rahnishia Day, senior in humanities, Fairview.

From Greater Kansas City: Rowan Turner, senior in kinesiology, Gardner; Nathan Meier, senior in horticulture, Olivia Mangual, freshman in business administration, and Ellie Ward, freshman in pre-professional secondary education, all from Olathe; Allison Griffin, sophomore in psychology, Tiffani Lawrence, senior in education, Glenna Vano, sophomore in psychology, and Paige Wiley, senior in communication studies, all from Overland Park; Hannah Yeoman, senior in fishery, wildlife and conservation biology, Prairie Village; and Danielle Hall, freshman in apparel and textiles, and Jamie Teixeira, master's student in English, both from Shawnee.

Abigail Crawford, freshman in athletic training, Hugoton; Elissa Bergmeier, sophomore in kinesiology, Hutchinson; Shelby Domann, senior in accounting, Louisburg.

From Manhattan: Shelton Burch, senior in English;Taylor Hofeling, sophomore in psychology; Lexy Lehman, senior in elementary education; and Kendra Truitt, sophomore in open option.

Sarah Ludwick, junior in social work, Paola; Carrie Miller, senior in mass communications, Seneca; Nicole McKinnon, senior in education, Topeka; Drew George, senior in theatre, Uniontown; and Eli Camp, senior in accounting, Winfield.

From out of state:

From Colorado: Sierra Burnett, junior in anthropology, Colorado Springs; and Victoria Whitmore, sophomore in chemical engineering, Greeley.

From Illinois:Ericka Woods, freshman in business administration, Caseyville; Kenedi Kelley, freshman in American ethnic studies, Chicago; Jenna Henderson, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Plainfield; and Charday Crawford, junior in psychology, Springfield, Illinois.

From Missouri: Mar’Quel Collins, junior in animal sciences and industry, Florissant; and Karis Eliese Pitts, sophomore in family studies and human services, Ozark.

From Oklahoma: Nicole Boulanger, freshman in pre-professional elementary education, Bartlesville; and

Emma Hochman, freshman in political science, Norman.

From Texas: Lucas Wodrich, freshman in mechanical engineering, Colleyville; Sarah Pitzer, sophomore in communication science and disorders, Haltom City; and Logan Glazier, freshman in kinesiology, Plano.

From out of country: Ziyi Yu, freshman in pre-journalism and mass communications, China.


Julie Pentz

Neil Dunn


K-State dance

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Cherokee, Clay Center, Council Grove, Fairview, Gardner, Hugoton, Hutchinson, Louisburg, Manhattan, Olathe, Overland Park, Paola, Prairie Village, Seneca, Shawnee, Topeka, Uniontown and Winfield, Kansas; Colorado Springs and Greeley, Colorado; Caseyville, Chicago, Plainfield and Springfield, Illinois; Florissant and Ozark, Missouri; Bartlesville and Norman, Oklahoma; and Colleyville, Haltom and Plano, Texas.

Written by

Malorie Wagner