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Source: Julie Pentz, 785-532-5411,
Note to editors: Amy Burns is a graduate of Kansas City Christian School, Prairie Village.
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-6415,

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010


MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University Tap Dance Ensemble will participate in two Halloween-themed activities this month to showcase the group's talents.

The ensemble will perform from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Spooktacular 2010 at Manhattan's Sunset Zoo. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children.

Ensemble members will be tap dancing throughout the zoo, and may even teach observers a tap-dance step or two. They will conclude their afternoon with an hour performance that will include Broadway, rhythm and funk styles of tap dance.

The ensemble also is offering Happy Halloween Tap-A-Grams all day Friday, Oct. 29, as a fundraiser for the group.

Tap-a-grams can be delivered on campus or in the Manhattan community. Ensemble members will travel with a portable tap dance floor to perform a short routine for the recipient of your choice.

The group also offers E-Tap-A-Grams for friends or family members who don't live in the area. Simply provide the e-mail address of the recipient, and the ensemble will send them an electronic tap-a-gram greeting.

For more information about tap-a-grams or group performances, contact Julie Pentz at or 785-532-5411.

Members of the 2010-2011 K-State Tap Dance Ensemble include:

Jordan Roberts, sophomore in theater, Beloit; Michelle Dick, senior in kinesiology, Garden City; Kailyn Willse, senior in social work, and Rachel Witham, master's student in counseling and student development, both from Hutchinson; Caitlyn Vohs, freshman in electrical engineering, Lenexa; Amy Burns, sophomore in elementary education, Olathe; Anna Ukele, senior in theater and anthropology, Sabetha; and Erin Ayers, senior in vocal performance, and Christina Devaney, junior in education, both from Wichita.

From out of state: Samantha Burkhalter, senior in women's studies, Manning, Iowa; Heather Haberberger, junior in applied music, Fenton, Mo.; Amanda Meinhardt, junior in pre-psychology and theater, Springfield, Mo.; Kelsey Hoffman, freshman in pre-journalism and mass communications, St. Louis, Mo.; Victoria Menear, freshman in theater, Bellevue, Neb.; Tyler Nenaber, sophomore in kinesiology, Huron, S.D.; and Laurie Stewart, senior in speech, Richmond, Va.