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K-State Winter Dance Concert presented virtually Nov. 12-13

Monday, Nov. 2, 2020

Winter Dance Concert

K-State Dance's Winter Dance Concert, presented via livestream, will feature jazz, modern and tap choreography developed by K-State dance faculty and guest artists from New York City's Sokolow Theatre/Dance.



MANHATTAN — K-State Dance, the dance program at Kansas State University, will present its Winter Dance Concert free via a livestream at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13.

The dance concert will feature jazz, modern and tap choreography developed by K-State dance faculty and guest artists from New York City's Sokolow Theatre/Dance. To register to view the performances, follow this link at least 24 hours in advance: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5uwS226ztWvifwp.

Sokolow Theatre/Dance will stage excerpts from "Rooms," Anna Sokolow's 1955 masterpiece, which examined the psychic isolation and unfulfilled desires of characters isolated in their small city apartments. In 2020, Sokolow's 1955 choreography resonates within a world where people everywhere are living quarantined in their homes. Cut off from each other in the grip of a global pandemic, we are all living "Rooms."

Stephen Loch, instructor of dance, will present "Just Dancing — Overcoming Obstacles in Pursuit of Joy, Connection and Care," a dance film that celebrates the joy of dance while embracing the obstacles of dancing in the time of COVID-19.

Julie Pentz, professor of dance, will feature the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble performing "FLY," an upbeat tap dance. "No. 3," also by Pentz, with music improvisations by Neil Dunn, instructor of dance, is a contemporary jazz piece that features four graduating seniors. The dancers' strengths were used throughout the piece and each solo was filmed at an outside location in Manhattan.

Winter Dance Concert also will include "Someone You Loved," a work by high school student Brianna Butler, who was a participant in the K-State Dance High School Choreography and Dance Film Workshop. Participants had to opportunity to create choreography based on two difficulties and two successes encountered in the pandemic, and then performed, filmed and edited the work for submission and review by K-State faculty. Butler's work was selected to be featured in the concert.

The following K-State students will perform in "WinterDance 2020":

Kathryn Rockers, junior in elementary education, Augusta; Neo Shockley, junior in fine arts, Eureka.

From Greater Kansas City: Allure Adams, freshman in fashion studies, Olathe; and Christine Carter, sophomore in sociology, and Danielle Mitchell, sophomore in elementary education, both from Overland Park.

Abigail Svoboda, senior in marketing, Lincolnville.

From Manhattan: Adlyn Crockett, first-year veterinary medicine student; Grace Harms, senior in social work; and Grace Walker, senior in social work.

Taybor Smith, senior in apparel and textiles, Marysville; Emma Simonton, junior in elementary education, Paola; Katie Ediger, sophomore in biology, and Sarah Ediger, sophomore in biology and pre-medicine, both from Partridge; Zoe Abner, senior in fine arts, Riley; Hanna Leiker, senior in management information systems, Salina; Cassie Meyer, freshman in dietetics, Tampa; Lindy Karrer, freshman in biochemistry, Topeka.

From Wichita: Juli Doolittle, junior in elementary education; Audra Grabendike, freshman in music education; and Ceslie Parker-Waller, senior in theatre.

From out of state: Elizabeth Kritikos, senior in theatre, New Lenox, Illinois; Sarah Mullin, senior in family development and human science and pre-occupational therapy, Boston, Massachusetts; Cully Simpson, freshman in open option, Raymore, Missouri; Sydney VanDyke, junior in communication sciences and disorders, St. Joseph, Missouri; Masie Dulitz, junior in applied music, Kearney, Nebraska; and Katelyn Gehrt, master's student in accounting, Cypress, Texas.

From out of country: Winnie Zong, master's student in English, China.


Neil Dunn


K-State Dance

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Augusta, Eureka, Lincolnville, Manhattan, Marysville, Olathe, Overland Park, Paola, Partridge, Riley, Salina, Tampa, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas; New Lenox, Illinois; Boston, Massachusetts; Raymore and St. Joseph, Missouri; Kearney, Nebraska; and Cypress, Texas.