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Source: Neil Dunn, 785-532-6870,
Note to editor: Mica Bengtson is a graduate of Olathe South High School, and Amy Burns is a graduate of Kansas City Christian School, Prairie Village.
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535,

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's dance program will present WinterDance 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-4, and a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4. All performances are in Nichols Theater.

WinterDance features a variety of dance styles, including tap, jazz, modern, ballet and hip-hop, in pieces performed by K-State dance students.

The show includes choreography by guest artist and hip-hop dancer Dustin Phillips, a traveling master teacher. He has choreographed performances for various college dance teams, halftime shows and bowl games, as well as for professional sporting events and for companies.

Phillips has worked with such artists as Paula Abdul, the Backstreet Boys, Brandy, Aaron Carter and Mariah Carey. He also performed in the movie comedy "Black Knight," starring Martin Lawrence, and in commercials for Nike, Bank of America, Disney and Quiksilver.

WinterDance 2010 also will feature the choreography of several K-State dance faculty, including Neil Dunn, instructor; David Ollington, associate professor; Julie Pentz, associate professor; and Joyce Yagerline, associate professor.

Tickets for WinterDance 2010 are $14 for the general public, $12 for military and seniors, and $9 for students. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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. weekdays. For more information, contact Dunn at 785-532-6870.

K-State students performing in WinterDance 2010 include:

Jordan Roberts, sophomore in theater, and Autumn Scoggan, senior in theater, both from Beloit; Benjamin Deghand, freshman in theater, Berryton; Sara Morgan, junior in art and biology, Buhler; Rachel Weber, senior in fine arts, Derby; Michelle Dick, senior in kinesiology, Garden City.

From Greater Kansas City: Michelle Thomas, junior in theater, Gardner; Ching Her, sophomore in arts and sciences-open option, and Ashley Murray, freshman in business administration, both from Kansas City, Kan.; Caitlyn Vohs, freshman in electrical engineering, Lenexa; Mica Bengtson, sophomore in theater, Amy Burns, sophomore in elementary education, and Amy Reazin, junior in anthropology, all from Olathe; and Nora Shook, senior in kinesiology, Shawnee.

From Hutchinson: Morgan Armbruster, sophomore in microbiology; Courtney Chacon, freshman in communication sciences and disorders; Kailyn Willse, senior in social work; and Rachel Witham, master's student in counseling and student development.

Hope Dawson, sophomore in psychology, Junction City; Eryka Stable, senior in business administration and theater, Lakin; Hattie Joe Straight, sophomore in theater and animal sciences and industry, Maize.

From Manhattan: Elahe Bahadori, sophomore in mass communications; Hannah Coash, senior in pre-psychology; Kate Oswald, senior in family studies and human services; and Bethany Parker, sophomore in theater.

Jessie Bammer, junior in life sciences, McPherson; Anna Ukele, senior in theater and anthropology, Sabetha.

From Salina: Megan Robl, junior in secondary education; Karissa Spohn, freshman in theater; and Jessica Tonne, sophomore in family studies and human services.

Rebecca Sells, freshman in chemical engineering, Topeka; and Erin Ayers, senior in vocal performance, and Christina Devaney, junior education, both from Wichita.

From out of state:

Tanniqua-Kay Buchanan, freshman in arts and sciences-open option, Glenwood Estates, Ill.; Samantha Burkhalter, senior in women's studies, Manning, Iowa; Heather Haberberger, junior in applied music, Fenton, Mo.; Amanda Meinhardt, junior in theater and psychology, Springfield, Mo.; Kelsey Hoffmann, freshman in pre-journalism and mass communications, St. Louis, Mo.; Victoria Menear, freshman in theater, Bellevue, Neb.; Jenna Lempke, junior in early childhood education, Papillion, Neb.; Tyrone Williams, sophomore in theater, Columbia, S.C.; Tyler Nenaber, sophomore in kinesiology, Huron, S.D.; Damien Thompson, junior in life sciences, Lewisville, Texas; Laurie Steward, senior in communication studies, Richmond, Va.; and Caiel Noble, freshman in applied music, Woodbridge, Va.