Saturday, March 26, 2016

Students dance their way to the Kennedy Center!

Last week students from MSU's Dance Department participated in the American College Dance Association held at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. They danced for five days straight, performing their own pieces and attending workshops. Some of the workshops offered were Afro-Brazilian, Hip Hop (with a member of the Hamilton cast), Yoga, Vintage Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Musical Theatre, Tap and Ariel Skills.

This year a group of Mankato dancers were selected to perform their piece entitled Television at the National Dance Conference, held at the Kennedy Center this coming June! It's a big deal and they've worked hard to get there.

The selection is something choreographer Daniel Stark and his dancers have been working on for two years now. Below are pictures of the dancers involved.

(Left to Right): Matilda Buffum, Regan O'Connor, Iah Lah, Abby Okoneski, Alina Fatieieva,
Kayla Johnson, Brooke Kiehl and Shawn Jones-Murray

This is the third time in the last four Kennedy Center adjudications that MSU Dancers have been selected to perform at Nationals, which is an award given out every-other year.

MSU Dancers and Faculty Members

Rachel Dreist (BFA Dancer) also choreographed a beautiful piece entitled Stage 4 that was performed in the Informal Concert. Ian Lah and Abby Okoneski were her performers. 

Abby Okoneski, Ian Lah and Rachel Dreist

Abby Okoneski and Ian Lah perform Stage 4 in the 2016 Fall Dance Concert

Alina Fatieieva (BFA Dancer) also choreographed a dance called Earth, Tomorrow which was adjudicated and received very positive feedback.

A big congratulations goes out to all the MSU Dancers for their hard work.
We are very proud of you!

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