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SpringDance 2015 coming to McCain Auditorium March 27-28

Thursday, March 12, 2015


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents SpringDance 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, in McCain Auditorium.

SpringDance will feature new work from the university's dance faculty and a variety of dances performed by dance students. Laura Donnelly, assistant professor of dance; Neil Dunn, instructor of dance; David Ollington, associate professor of dance; and guest artists will present new works.

Donnelly's work, "The Crystal Ballet," a collaborative work with Bryce Craig, an alumnus and composer, and Amit Chakrabarti, professor and head of the university's physics, will conclude with the full performance of the dance that includes the third and final movement. The K-State African Ensemble will premier a new work set by guest artist Bernard Woma and the award-winning Saakumu African Dance Troupe. "Subtle Passages," by guest artist Thodos Dance Chicago, also will be featured.

Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office starting at $10 plus taxes and fees. Group discounts are available. For more information contact Dunn at neildunn@k-state.edu.

The following students are participating in SpringDance 2015:

Rachel Arbuckle, senior in elementary education, Andover, dancer; Mary Wahlmeier, senior in music, Burlington, dancer; Kristin Chase, senior in theatre, Chanute, dancer; Ryan Moos, junior in music education, Clay Center, dancer; Morgan Nail, junior in communication studies, Emporia, dancer; Cait Carlson, sophomore in arts and sciences open option, Falun, dancer.

From Greater Kansas City: Christopher Jungk, senior in landscape architecture, dancer and understudy, and Gillian Long, senior in biochemistry, dancer and demisoloist, both from Leawood; Caitlyn Vohs, senior in civil engineering, Lenexa, dancer; Rachel Hiatt, junior in elementary education, dancer, and Jeremey Reynolds, freshman in music education, musician, both from Olathe; Paige Heinze, senior in elementary education, costume design, demisoloist, understudy, rehearsal assistant and dancer; Tiffani Lawrence, sophomore in secondary education, dancer and ensemble, Sarah Rawitch, freshman in kinesiology, dancer, and Emma Wilson, senior in interior design, Overland Park, demisoloist, duet dancer, and dancer; Jamie Teixeira, senior in English, Shawnee, dancer; and Madison Sha, senior in early childhood education, Stilwell, duet dancer.

Hope Goertzen, senior in theatre, Hesston, dancer; Drew Reisner, senior in theatre, Hoisington, lighting design; Whitney Moore, freshman in theatre, dancer and understudy, and Grace Pierson, junior in dance, Junction City, costume design and dancer; Kaitlyn Long, junior in animal sciences and industry, Leavenworth, ensemble and dancer; Kimmi Stephens, junior in family studies and human services, dancer, and Rachel Wittry, sophomore in general agriculture, Louisburg, dancer.

From Manhattan: Shelton Burch, junior in English, dancer, understudy and rehearsal assistant; Heidi Floyd, senior in theatre, dancer; Sydney Harrison, freshman in kinesiology, dancer; Madison Long, sophomore in chemistry, dancer; Ja'Neeva Sampson, senior in elementary education, dancer; and Kirsten Votaw, sophomore in music education, musician.

Alana Pfeifer, senior in theatre, Marysville, dancer; McKayla Peelen, junior in kinesiology, Ottawa, ensemble and rehearsal assistant; Kirstyn Norris, sophomore applied music, Riley, musician; Emily Barnhill, senior in theatre, Spring Hill, dancer; Courtney Hoover, junior in theatre, St. George, dancer.

From Topeka: Sydney Ho, senior in mathematics education, demisoloist, understudy and dancer; Nicole McKinnon, junior in chemistry, dancer; and Maura Woosley, senior in dietetics, dancer.

Katie Helmer, senior in architectural engineering, Wichita, lighting design; and Eli Camp, sophomore in business administration, Winfield, dancer.

From out of state:

Caroline Allison, sophomore in microbiology, Benton, Arkansas, demisoloist and dancer; Mark Hay, senior in theatre, Thousand Oaks, California, dancer; Abigail Owen, senior in nutrition and kinesiology, Durango, Colorado, dancer; Lauren Butz, sophomore in music education, Red Oak, Iowa, dancer; Matt DeCapo, master's student in geography, Kansas City, Missouri, dancer; Lexy Nelson, sophomore in elementary education, Peculiar, Missouri, dancer; Ryan Strunk, freshman in music education, Rockport, Texas, musician; and Ashlenn Wellbrock, freshman in pre-psychology, Wylie, Texas, dancer.

From out of country: Pengxiang Jiang, senior in architectural engineering, China, lighting design; and Mary Abounabhan, freshman in business administration, Lebanon, dancer.


Neil Dunn


K-State Dance Program

News tip

Andover, Burlington, Chanute, Clay Center, Emporia, Falun, Hesston, Hoisington, Junction City, Leavenworth, Leawood, Lenexa, Louisburg, Manhattan, Marysville, Olathe, Ottawa, Overland Park, Riley, Shawnee, St. George, Stilwell, Topeka, Wichita and Winfield, Kansas; Benton, Arkansas, Thousand Oaks, California; Durango Colorado; Red Oak, Iowa; Kansas City and Peculiar, Missouri; and Rockport and Wylie, Texas.

Written by

Darrah Tinkler

At a glance

SpringDance 2015, featuring Kansas State University dance faculty and students, as well as guest artists, will be at 7:30 p.m. March 27-28 in McCain Auditorium.