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Celebrate the arrival of spring with 'SpringDance '19'

Thursday, March 28, 2019

SpringDance '19

K-State Dance presents "SpringDance '19" at 7:30 p.m. March 29-30 in McCain Auditorium.


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents "SpringDance '19," featuring new work from dance program faculty and special guests, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, in McCain Auditorium. 

Tickets are $11 for students; $14 for faculty, staff, military and seniors; and $16 for the public. Tickets can be purchased online at k-state.edu/mtd/tickets/, by calling 785-532-6878, or at the McCain Auditorium box office, which opens one hour before show time.

Works to be presented include "SING," a jazz tap piece that features light-hearted and fun dancing with music from the animated movie "SING." "Jelly" is a hoofing-style tap piece that features the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble. Choreographed by Julie L. Pentz, associate professor and associate director of dance, this is a fast-paced rhythmic tap piece featuring original music from the Broadway musical "Jelly's Last Jam." Dedicated to the late Gregory Hines, this is a celebration of his life and a tribute to the remarkable impact that Hines had on Pentz.

"Tiriba," set by Neil Dunn, instructor of dance, and by Pentz, is a West African social dance from Guinea that features traditionally inspired costumes and movements, accompanied by a drumming timeline.

K-State Dance will welcome a special performance of DIAVOLO'S "Veterans Project," involving local veterans, students and civilians. DIAVOLO is a Los Angeles-based movement company.

Stephen Lock, instructor of dance, will show two new works at "SpringDance '19," including "Escape," a quirky contemporary piece with subtle undertones of absurd. "Resonant Qualities" is a music/dance collaboration with Dunn that explores sound and movement textures of wood, metal and skin.

In Kate Digby's "Simurgh Study #3," sculptural forms give way to vigorous dancing that sweeps and swells to Arvo Par's "Tabula Rasa" for strings and prepared piano. Clothed in fabric painted with tree bark, the dancers sometimes resemble an ethereal forest; at other times their raw humanity shines through. Digby is an assistant professor of dance.

Also serving as musicians in "SpringDance '19" will be Cliff Hight, university archivist, and Stephen Dyer, professor emeritus of electrical engineering.

For more information about "SpringDance '19," contact Dunn at neildunn@k-state.edu.

The following students are members of the cast and crew of "Spring Dance '19."

Ellen Reardon, senior in marketing, Andover, musician; Jazlyn Kingsolver, junior in psychology, Assaria, dancer; Andrea Klepper, senior in fine arts, Elmwood, dancer; Cheyenne Ortner, senior in life sciences and pre-chiropractic medicine, Garden City, dancer.

From Greater Kansas City: Camryn Eberhardy, freshman in communication sciences and disorders, dancer, Jacob Long, senior in electrical engineering, musician, Olivia Mangual, junior in business finance, dancer, Brandon Rathburn, senior in mechanical engineering,musician,Olivia Roberts, sophomore in open option, dancer, and Ellie Ward, sophomore in mechanical engineering, dancer, all from Olathe; Allison Griffin, senior in psychology, dancer, Danielle Mitchell, freshman in elementary education, dancer, and McKenna Stout, senior in hospitality management, dancer, all from Overland Park; Hannah Yeoman, senior in dance, Prairie Village, dancer; and Hunter Sprong, senior in instrumental performance, Stilwell, musician.

Reba Kreider, senior in food science and industry, Hiawatha, dancer; Ileen Gully, senior in open option, Junction City, dancer; John Eldridge, sophomore in instrumental performance, musician, and Natalie Longhurst, senior in business administration, dancer, both from Lawrence; Abigail Svoboda, senior in marketing, Lincolnville, dancer.

From Manhattan: Grace Harms, sophomore in social work, dancer; Emily Katzenmeier, sophomore in social work, dancer; Madison Long, senior in chemistry and pre-medicine, dancer; Aurora Meyer, sophomore in open option, dancer; and Aaron Rojas, senior in theatre, dancer.

Taybor Smith, junior in apparel and textiles, Marysville, dancer; Hannah Stecklein, senior in mechanical engineering, McPherson, dancer; Taylor Curtright, freshman in pre-psychology, Milford, dancer; Christy McKissick, senior in applied music and music education, Minneola, dancer; Emma Simonton, sophomore in elementary education, Paola, dancer; Natalie May, junior in entrepreneurship, Peck, dancer; Elizabeth Hayes, senior in art, Pittsburg, dancer; Zoe Abner, sophomore in fine arts, Riley, dancer; Hanna Leiker, sophomore in business administration, dancer, and J.D. Warren, senior in theatre, dancer, both from Salina; Tressa Dekat, senior in chemical engineering, dancer, and Breana Tiffany, sophomore in theatre, dancer, both from Topeka; Ceslie Parker-Waller, junior in theatre, Wichita, dancer.

From out of state: Michaela Fullerton, sophomore in business administration, Denver, Colorado, dancer; Victoria Whitmore, senior in chemical engineering, Greeley, Colorado, dancer; Elizabeth Kritikos, senior in theatre, New Lenox, Illinois, dancer; Kimberly Coussens, junior in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology, Zionsville, Indiana, dancer; Sarah Mullin, sophomore in human development and family science, Boston, Massachusetts, dancer; Sydney VanDyke, sophomore in communication sciences and disorders, St. Joseph, Missouri, dancer; Amy Buckley, senior in animal sciences and industry, Bellevue, Nebraska, dancer; Nicole Boulanger, senior in elementary education, dancer, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, dancer; Emma Hochman, senior in political science, Norman, Oklahoma, dancer; Christine Odom, senior in bakery science and management, and milling science and management, Memphis, Tennessee, dancer; Katelyn Gehrt, senior in accounting, dancer, and Sarah Pitzer, Masters in family studies and human services, dancer, both from Cypress, Texas.

From out of country: Jazmin Royg, junior in psychology, dancer, and Maria Acosta, senior in finance, dancer, both from Paraguay.


Neil Dunn


K-State Dance

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Written by

Andrew Eisch