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MSU Mankato has received the North-Central Regional Conference of the American College Dance Association's highest honor with selection for a Kennedy Center performance. 

This marks the third time in the last four Kennedy Center adjudications that MSU have been selected for nationals (an award given out every-other year). This is also the fourth time MSU Professor Daniel Stark has been represented at nationals, making him one of ony two people in the country to achieve the honor since the first national festival in 1981.

This year’s North-Central Regional Conference of the American College Dance Association was held at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.

  • Forty-eight dances were adjudicated from 28 schools, as far away as Texas.

  • Twelve were awarded placement into the Gala Concert, including Stark's work, Television, which served as the closing performance.

  • From those twelve, three were awarded the honor of performance at the National Dance Conference, held at the Kennedy Center this coming June. 

Here are the collaborators for Television:

Choreographer: Daniel Stark and Dancers
Lighting Designer: Steven Smith based on original design by Ryan Strelow
Costume Designer: Amber Kuennen
Performers: Matilda Buffum, Alina Fatieieva, Kayla Johnson, Shawn Jones-Murray, Brooke Kiehl, Ian Lah, Regan O’Connor, Abby Okoneski
Rehearsal Assistant/Understudy: Megan Marcy

Additionally, MSU Mankato student Alina Fatieieva's dance, Earth, Tomorrow, was also adjudicated. The dancers performed beautifully and the adjudicators’ feedback was very positive.

Also of note was MSU Mankato student Rachel Dreist's dance, Stage 4, which was performed in the Informal Concert. Ian Lah and Abby Okoneski performed the duet with brilliance and it was well received by the audience.

Professors Julie Kerr-Berry and Melissa Rosenberger taught several wonderful classes and  students exhausted themselves dancing over the five day conference, serving as excellent ambassadors for the Department and University.



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