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Source: Neil Dunn, 785-532-6870,
Note to editors: Amy Burns is a graduate of Kansas City Christian School, Prairie Village.
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University dance program will present "WinterDance 2009" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-5, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5. All performances will be in Nichols Theater.

The show will have performances that feature a variety of dance, including ballet, modern, jazz and tap.

Andrea Showronek, a professional dancer and choreographer, is the guest artist for "WinterDance 2009." Showronek has worked for many regional dance companies throughout her career. She has choreographed a piece for the K-State performance that features humorous choreography involving being put on hold over the telephone.

"'WinterDance' always offers something new and something for all audiences," said Neil Dunn, K-State instructor of communication studies, theater and dance and faculty choreographer for the show. "This show promises a variety of expressions and moods, from happy to sad, from an atmosphere of calm and relaxed to high impact movement and more."

Tickets are $13 for the general public and $8 for students. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays or by calling McCain at 785-532-6428 during box office hours. Tickets also may be purchased at the Little Theater box office in the K-State Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, contact Dunn at 785-532-6870.

In addition to "WinterDance," the K-State dance program will sponsor its Dance Student Spotlight at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Nichols Theater. All K-State students and dance clubs are invited to participate in this informal performance as an opportunity to create and show their own choreography, including experimental works, works in progress or class projects. Dunn said that some of the participating groups in this year's performance include students in K-State dance courses. Admission to the event is free, but donations will be accepted to fund future productions and student scholarships.

Along with Dunn, K-State dance program choreographers for "WinterDance 2009" include David Ollington, associate professor; Julie Pentz, assistant professor; and Joyce Yagerline, associate professor.

K-State students performing in "WinterDance 2009" include:

Autumn Scoggan, senior in theater, Beloit; Sara Morgan, sophomore in theater and art, Buhler; Ashley Shaff, junior in dietetics and public health nutrition, Cedar Vale; Anneliese Byram, graduate student in interior architecture and product design, Council Grove; Michelle Dick, senior in kinesiology, Garden City.

From Greater Kansas City: Michelle Thomas, sophomore in theater, Gardner; Lauren Henton, senior in chemistry, Kansas City, Mo.; Lisa Kranz, sophomore in theater, Leawood; Amy Burns, freshman in pre-professional elementary education, Olathe; Melissa Biagioli, junior in elementary education, and Natalie Tarbutton, junior in life sciences, both from Overland Park; and Nora Shook, senior in nutrition and kinesiology, Shawnee.

From Hutchinson: Morgan Armbruster, freshman in biology; Kailyn Willse, senior in social work; and Rachel Witham, graduate student in counseling and student development.

Hope Dawson, freshman in psychology, Junction City; Eryka Stabel, junior in theater, Lakin.

From Manhattan: Lindsey Liotta, senior in finance; Savannah McGillis, freshman in theater; and Samantha Schultz, senior in theater.

Whitney Wear, senior in kinesiology, Marion; Melissa Porter, senior in communication sciences and disorders, McLouth; Anna Ukele, senior in theater and anthropology, Sabetha; Karissa Spohn, freshman in theater, and Jessica Tonne, freshman in arts and sciences-open option, both from Salina; and Erin Duffy, senior in apparel and textiles, Topeka.

From out of state: Meg Wilson, graduate student in interior architecture and product design, Swansea, Ill.; Cali Dunham, graduate student in kinesiology, Newton, Iowa; Heather Haberberger, sophomore in applied music, Fenton, Mo.; Amanda Meinhardt, sophomore in theater, Springfield, Mo.; Brin Miller, senior in anthropology, Lincoln, Neb.; Margaret Baumann, senior in sociology, Omaha, Neb.; and Tyler Nenaber, freshman in nutrition and kinesiology, Huron, S.D.