Senior dance show will celebrate ‘Who We Are, Who We Become’ on Thursday

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Students with the Kansas State School of Music, Theatre and Dance perform during the 2017 Winter Dance at Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Manhattan. The Chapman Theatre will feature the senior show "Who We Are, Who We Become" on Thursday at 7 p.m. (Archive Photo by Alex Shaw | Collegian Media Group)

The Mark A. Chapman Theatre will be featuring the final work of four seniors in the dance certificate program with the senior dance capstone show “Who We Are, Who We Become” on Thursday night.

The seniors — Allison Griffin, senior in psychology; Elizabeth Hayes, senior in art; Madison Long, senior in chemistry; and Hannah Yeoman, senior in fisheries and wildlife conservation biology — began structuring the show last fall and took the first steps toward putting their plan into action in December.

The upcoming show is intended to allow the seniors to showcase their knowledge gained from training at Kansas State University using skills they have developed in the dance program. This recital is held as part of the senior capstone for the certificate program.

Work on the show has included choreographing the individual pieces, holding auditions for performers, staging details and collecting advice from professors. Each senior created three to four dance pieces and cast performers in those dances.

“Working with how dancers interpret ideas and working with those seniors has been fun because of the different strengths we have in our group,” Hayes said. “We work off each other’s skillsets so we can get everything done.”

Jazmin Royg Quevedo, junior in psychology, is performing in the recital in both Griffin’s solo piece and a large group piece.

“How they manage to incorporate their technique, formulate ideas and create them into their own is great to watch and be a part of,” Royg said. “You can see what they have done in their entire career and see them develop and how far they are going.”

Formulating a whole show includes identifying the strengths and weaknesses associated with specific performers and their skills. However, performance and staging are also important aspects in producing a show.

“Something I’ve learned is not only utilizing my strengths and my dancers’ strengths, but also knowing what areas they need to be pushed and how to push those areas,” Hayes said.

Admission to “Who We Are, Who We Become” is free for students and the public. The show will start at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.

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