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Kansas State University's WinterDance 2015 Dec. 3-5 at Mark A. Chapman Theatre

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

 

MANHATTAN — The Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present WinterDance 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-5, and a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5, all in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.

The K-State Tap Dance Ensemble, directed by Julie Pentz, associate professor of dance, will perform a new work for tap. Pentz also has created a new classical jazz piece that includes 12 student dancers. David Ollington, associate professor of dance, will present two new works, one of which focuses on a theme from "Alice in Wonderland" that features students and music composed by Paul Hunt, professor of music. Tod Kerstetter, associate professor of music, will perform the new work's music.

Paul Zmolek, instructor in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, choreographed "Songs from Europe," which was restaged for the Kansas State University dancers, who will be joined by a solo guitarist on stage. The K-State African Music and Dance Ensemble, directed by Neil Dunn, instructor of dance, will present a traditional piece titled "Kpatsa," which is a traditional social dance of the Ga-Adangbe culture of Ghana and is performed as a recreational dance at social events or on stage by professional companies.

General admission tickets are $10 for students, and $15 for the public. Additional fees may apply. For more information about tickets, call 785-523-6428, or visit the McCain box office.

WinterDance 2015 includes the following students as performers or crew members:

Audrey Schmitz, junior in agricultural communication and journalism, Axtell, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble; Kristin Chase, senior in theatre, Chanute, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble; Ryan Moos, junior in music education, Clay Center, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble; Gabby Browne junior in theatre, Colby, stage crew/gel changer; Emily Warriner, senior in agribusiness, Effingham, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble; Mary Abounabhan, sophomore in business administration, Emporia, assistant stage manager.

From Greater Kansas City: Megan Mack, senior in theatre, Fairway, stage crew/gel changer; Laura Karanevich, freshman in kinesiology, dancer, and Kennedy Trimble, sophomore in pre-journalism and mass communications, dancer, both from Lenexa; Hannah Yeoman, junior in fish, wildlife and conservation biology, Mission Hills, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble; Jeremey Reynolds, sophomore in music education, musician, and Katie Wiseman, junior in agricultural economics, dancer, both from Olathe; Tiffani Lawrence, junior in pre-professional secondary education, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble, Victoria Loepp, sophomore in music education, K-State Tap Dance Ensemble, and Bailey Miller, sophomore in pre-professional elementary education, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble, all from Overland Park; Corey Jennett, senior in education, Prairie Village, wardrobe crew; and Jamie Teixeira, senior in English, Shawnee, dancer, K-State Tap Dance Ensemble.

Elissa Bergmeier, freshman in political science, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble, and Katelyn Krieg, senior in English, Hutchinson, stage crew/gel changer; Grace Pierson, senior in theatre, Junction City, dancer; Alexis Nelson, junior in pre-professional elementary education, La Cygne, K-State Tap Dance Ensemble.

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

From Manhattan: Shelton Burch, senior in English, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble; Reauxqkwuanzyiia C'Lay Pettis, senior in biology, dancer; Heidi Floyd, senior in theatre, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble; Andrea Fournier, senior in elementary education, dancer; Taylor Hofeling, freshman in music education, K-State Tap Dance Ensemble; Sarah Hutchison, junior in theatre, wardrobe supervisor; Angelica McKinnis, senior in fine arts, stage manager; Michelle Page, senior in geology, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble; Randell Rhoten, senior in theatre, dancer; Kirsten Votaw, junior in music education, musician; Jakira Witherspoon, senior in social sciences, dancer; and Mark Young, senior in theatre, sound board operator.

Elizabeth Hayes, freshman in pre-journalism and mass communications, Pittsburg, dancer; Tori Happel, senior in kinesiology, Salina, dancer; Carrie Miller, junior in pre-journalism and mass communications, Seneca, dancer; Nicole McKinnon, junior in chemistry, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble, and Xavier Strong, sophomore in theatre, stage crew/gel changer, both from Topeka; Drew George, senior in applied music, Uniontown, the Griffin; Katie Helmer, senior in architectural engineering, lighting design, and Lucia Scott, junior in communication studies, Wichita, wardrobe crew; and Eli Camp, sophomore in accounting, Winfield, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble.

From out of state:

Mark Hay, senior in theatre, Thousand Oaks, California, the Mock Turtle; Sierra Burnett, sophomore in anthropology, Colorado Spring, Colorado, dancer; Abigail Owen, senior in nutrition and kinesiology, Durango, Colorado, dancer and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble; Lauren Butz, junior in music education, Red Oak, Iowa, Alice and K-State Tap Dance Ensemble; Darrington Clark, senior in mass communications, light board operator, and Matt DeCapo, master's student, in geography, musician, both from Kansas City, Missouri; Amy Buckley, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Bellevue, Nebraska, dancer; Ryan Strunk, freshman in music education, Rockport, Texas, musician; Nicole Casonhua, senior in theatre, Southlake, Texas, narrator.

Source

Neil Dunn
785-532-6870
neildunn@k-state.edu

Website

Kansas State University dance program

News tip

Axtell, Chanute, Clay Center, Colby, Effingham, Emporia, Fairway, Hutchinson, Junction City, La Cygne, Lenexa, Louisburg, Manhattan, Mission Hills, Olathe, Overland Park, Pittsburg, Prairie Village, Salina, Seneca, Shawnee, Topeka, Uniontown, Wichita and Winfield, Kansas.

Written by

Darrah Tinkler
785-532-1546
media@k-state.edu

At a glance

Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents WinterDance 2015, Dec. 3-5, featuring original choreography by Kansas State University faculty and performed by student dancers.