Dance at Minnesota State Mankato
The MSU Dance Program offers students degree options that are grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Students learn about the depth and breadth of dance as they practice their art form in multiple arenas. The curriculum is designed to balance students’ artistic experiences with practical applications in order to better prepare them to enter the dance world upon graduation. Students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them for a lifetime in dance, including: teaching, performing, bodywork, choreographing, dance therapy, writing, dance technology, and dance production. Through an audition and adjudication process, students have many opportunities to present their choreographic work and/or perform in four concerts each year. Students can also audition to perform in musical theatre productions. Whatever their chosen path in dance, students emerge from the MSU Dance Program with multiple skills, and the ability to think critically and act globally as emerging dance artists.
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Auditions for the UNIVERSITY REPERTORY DANCE COMPANY are Wednesday, Aug. 24. Get details.
DANCE EVENTS FOR 2011-2012
Fall Dance Concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Ted Paul Theatre
Fall Student Showcase Concert: 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Ted Paul Theatre
Spring Dance Concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, and 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Ted Paul Theatre
Spring Student Showcase Concert: 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29, Ted Paul Theatre
Dance Zorongo hosted event: 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union
Flying Foot Dance Company hosted event: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, Ted Paul Theatre
More information about all events coming later this summer!
Dance wins national recognition at festival
The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance presented one of its dance pieces, “Politics Religion Sex,” at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, in May. Choreographed by faculty member Daniel Stark, it was selected following its performance at the Regional Gala Concert of the American College Dance Festival Association March 17-21 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Thirty-two dances from 24 colleges and universities from around the country, as far away as New Mexico and Washington, competed in the festival (schools are not limited to competing in their own region). Adjudicators were made up of a panel of three nationally recognized artists in the field of dance.
From those 32, seven were selected for the Regional Gala (including “Stay,” a student-choreographed work by Katie Drietz from Mankato), and two, including “Politics Religion Sex,” earned performances at nationals.
For 22 years, Minnesota State Mankato has been involved with the American College Dance Festival Association and on several past occasions (2006, 2007 and 2009) has had dances adjudicated and invited to the regional conference’s esteemed Regional Gala Concert.
Dance became an academic major at Minnesota State Mankato in 2005 and is the only one of its kind in MnSCU. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers the only Dance Education major in the state of Minnesota. Director of Dance, Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry, currently serves as the Regional Director of the North Central Region of ACDFA.
The cast for “Politics Religion Sex” was Katie Drietz (senior Dance major from Worthington); Melissa Eichelberger (senior Dance and Mass Communications double major from Lake City); Jennifer James (senior Dance and Exercise Science double major from Sioux Falls, SD); Lizzy Luckhardt (sophomore Dance Education major from Apple Valley); Kelsey McGowan (senior Dance major from St. Cloud); Casey Morgan (sophomore Dance Education major from Rice Lake, WI); Amanda Puckett (senior Dance major from Waconia); and Craig Daniel Stastny (senior BFA Musical Theatre major from Cottage Grove). The understudies include Erin O'Connell (senior Dance major from Saugus, CA) and Jessie Loisel (senior Dance major from Ely) with Lighting Design by Professor Steve Smith and costume construction by Jessica Guthrie, the Costumer of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
The cast of “Stay” was Jennifer James (her understudy was Lauren Martin, a sophomore Dance major from Cottage Grove) and Rudolph Searles III (junior BFA Musical Theatre major from Aurora, CO); with Lighting Design by Smith and Costume Design by Guthrie.
Plan to see one of the spring Andreas Guest Artists in World Dance class. Here's the schedule.
2009 Fall Dance Concert, Dancing Communities photos
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A contingent from Mankato attended the American College Dance Festival (ACDF).
The Mankato Free Press reports on the program's growth.
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Dance major, Dance minor, K-12 Dance Education, University Repertory Dance Theatre
Photos from past concerts
2006 Spring Collection
2007 Spring Collection
2008 Spring Collection
2008 Fall Bridge Project Concert: Moving Texts
2009 Spring Collection / Video sampling
2009 Fall Concert, Dancing Communities
2010 Spring Collection
2010 Fall Concert
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