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A celebration of dance: SpringDance 2016 features variety of dance styles

Monday, March 28, 2016

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SpringDance 2016, Kansas State University’s annual celebration of dance, will be at 7:30 p.m. April 1-2 in McCain Auditorium. Pictured is a work from SpringDance 2015. Download this photo



MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present SpringDance 2016 at 7:30 pm. April 1-2 in McCain Auditorium.

A showcase of dance styles, SpringDance will feature jazz, tap, modern, ballet and African dance works. Kansas State University dance students will perform originally choreographed pieces by university dance faculty David Ollington, Julie Pentz and Paul Zmolek. The annual show also includes the K-State African Ensemble performing "Kpanlogo," a celebratory dance from West Africa, and a new work by the K-State Tap Ensemble. Collaborative works by Ollington and Zmolek also will be presented.

Tickets are $10-15, plus taxes and fees, and are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain/tickets/ or by calling 785-532-6428. Group discounts are available. For information, contact Neil Dunn at neildunn@k-state.edu.

The dance program is part of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in the College of Arts & Sciences.

The following Kansas State University students, unless otherwise indicated, will dance in SpringDance 2016:

Rachel Arbuckle, senior in elementary education, Andover; Audrey Schmitz, senior in agricultural communications and journalism, Axtell; Kristin Chase, senior in theatre, Chanute; Ryan Moos, senior in music education, Clay Center; Mary Abounabhan, sophomore in business administration, Emporia.

From Greater Kansas City: Jasmine Mitchell, sophomore in fine arts, Kansas City; Sophie Elliott, senior in theatre, Mackenzie Klaus, freshman in fine arts, and Gillian Long, senior in biochemistry, all from Leawood; Kennedy Trimble, sophomore in pre-journalism and mass communications, Lenexa; Hannah Yeoman, junior in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology, Mission Hills; Libby Herwig, junior in marketing, and Anna Plum, senior in family studies and human services, both from Olathe; Alyssa Klein, freshman in pre-professional elementary education, Tori Loepp, junior in music education, and Bailey Miller, sophomore in elementary education, all from Overland Park; and Jamie Teixeira, senior in English, Shawnee.

Breanne Kruse, junior in biology, Hays; Emily French, senior in family studies and human services, Highland; Elissa Bergmeier, freshman in political science, and Danny Greenhalgh, sophomore in physics, musician, both from Hutchinson.

From Junction City: Alyssa Baquero, sophomore in nutritional sciences; Whitney Moore, sophomore in humanities; and Grace Pierson, senior in theatre.

Lexy Jo Nelson, junior in pre-professional elementary education, La Cygne; William Averna, freshman in theatre, Leavenworth.

From Louisburg: Shelby Domann, senior in accounting; Kimmi Stephens, senior in family studies and human services; and Rachel Wittry, junior in family studies and human services.

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

Becky Rigsby, freshman in pre-psychology, Milford; Emily Rose Nottingham, freshman in biological systems engineering, Ozawkie; Elizabeth Hayes, freshman in pre-journalism and mass communications, Pittsburg; Tori Happel, senior in kinesiology, Salina; MaryLynn Griebel, master's student in industrial engineering, Stockton.

From Topeka: Ursula Hagstrand, senior in fine arts; Ashley McCall, freshman in open option; Nicole McKinnon, senior in secondary education-chemistry; and Kennedy Wools, senior in biology.

Drew George, senior in applied music, Uniontown; Allison Sherwood, freshman in open option, Wichita; Eli Camp, junior in accounting, Winfield.

From out of state: Mark Hay, senior in theatre, Thousand Oaks, California, dancer and musician; Abigail Owen, senior in nutrition and kinesiology, Durango, Colorado; Lauren Butz, junior in music education, Red Oak, Iowa; Carolyn Fitzgibbons, senior in theatre, Nixa, Missouri; Morgan Meeks, sophomore in apparel and textiles, Lincoln, Nebraska; Nicole Boulanger, freshman in anthropology, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Katie Phillips, freshman in business administration, Kingwood, Texas; Ryan Strunk, sophomore in music, Rockport, Texas, musician; and Ashlenn Wellbrock, sophomore in psychology, Wylie, Texas.

From out of country: Ye Li, senior in statistics, and Yepiao Yu, junior in pre-professional secondary education, musician, both from China; and Meenu Mohankumar, doctoral student in statistics, Sri Lanka, musician.


Neil Dunn


K-State dance program

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Andover, Axtell, Chanute, Emporia, Hays, Highland, Hutchinson, Junction City, Kansas City, La Cygne, Leawood, Leavenworth, Lenexa, Louisburg, Manhattan, Milford, Mission Hills, Olathe, Overland Park, Ozawkie, Pittsburg, Salina, Shawnee, Stockton, Topeka, Uniontown, Wichita and Winfield, Kansas; Thousand Oaks, California; Durango, Colorado; Red Oak, Iowa; Nixa, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Bartlesville, Oklahoma; and Kingwood, Rockport and Wylie, Texas.

At a glance

Tickets for SpringDance 2016 are on sale now at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium box office. The annual celebration of dance will be at 7:30 p.m. April 1-2 in McCain Auditorium.