University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Dance and Music

Dance Department's

Fall Concert 2009

5, 6, 7 November 2009 in White Recital Hall at UMKC

Kelanie Murphy (front)leaps towards Mike Tomlinson (left), during in-studio rehearsals for Ghost Us by Ronn Tice in UMKC Choreofest Nov 2009 - Photo by Mike Strong
Kelanie Murphy (front)leaps towards Mike Tomlinson (left), during in-studio rehearsals for Ghost Us by Ronn Tice

Arabesque by Alyssa Gold in studio rehearsals for Ghost Us by Ronn Tice - UMKC Choreofest Nov 2009 - Photo by Mike Strong
Arabesque by Alyssa Gold in studio rehearsals for Ghost Us by Ronn Tice

Costume Adjustments: L-R: Kelanie Murphy, Ashley Zimmerman, Pam Auinbaugh during in studio rehearsals for Ghost Us by Ronn Tice - UMKC Choreofest Nov 2009 - Photo by Mike Strong
Costume Adjustments: L-R: Kelanie Murphy, Ashley Zimmerman, Pam Auinbaugh
during studio rehearsals for Ghost Us by Ronn Tice


FALL DANCE CONCERT - Program

UMKC Dance Division
choreography by Mary Pat Henry, DeeAnna Hiett,
Sabrina Madison-Canon, Ronn Tice,
Paula Weber and Rodni Williams

PROGRAM

The Widows

Choreography by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Music by Bobby McFerrin, Geoff Bennet
Lighting design by Richard Sprecker
Costume design and construction by Paula Weber, Elaine Kimble, Marlee Bailey

Dancers:
Chloé Abel, Marlee Bailey, Heather Costello, Brittany Duskin (Thu.),
Elaine Kimble, Ashley Odom, Whitney Ricketts, Asha Singh (Fri. Sat.),
Nina-Rose Wardanian, Michael Tomlinson

Utmost

Choreography by Rodni Williams
Music by Johannes Brahms, D*Note, Jerry Owen
Lighting design by Richard Sprecker
Costume design by Rodni Williams and Dance Division

Dancers:
Chloé Abel, Heather Costello, Brittany Duskin, Elaine Kimble,
Patricia Hoard, Miyesha McGriff, Ashley Odom, Megan Squires

Percussion Suite

Choreography by Mary Pat Henry
Music by William Russell
Lighting design by Richard Sprecker
Costume design by Mary Pat Henry

Dancers:
Joyce Armstrong, Pamela Auinbauh, Willa Dock, Catherine Glaze,
Vashti Goracke, Kelanie Murphy, Megan Squires, Ashley Zimmerman,
Erik Sobbe, Michael Tomlinson

INTERMISSION

Bound to…

Choreography by DeeAnna Hiett
Music by John Debney, Body and Soul
Lighting design by Melissa Mahoney
Costume design and construction by DeeAnna Hiett and
Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre

Dancers:
Chloé Abel, Marlee Bailey, Brittany Duskin, Elaine Kimble, Asha Singh,
Nina-Rose Wardanian, Mark Gieringer, David Long,
Erik Sobbe, Michael Tomlinson

Between Impulse and Action

Choreography by Paula Weber
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat major, K. 269 (261a)
Lighting design by EJ Reinagel
Costume design and construction by Paula Weber

Dancers:
Pam Auinbauh, Marie Buser, Catherine Glaze, Alyssa Gold,
Vashti Gorake, Miyesha McGriff, Kelanie Murphy,
Angela Shipman, Stephanie Shipman, Skyler Taylor

PAUSE

Ghost us

Choreography by Ronn Tice
Music by Pergolisi, Purcell, Funcadelic, Ives, Saint-Seans
Lighting Design by Richard Sprecker
Costume Design by Ronn Tice

Dancers:
Joyce Armstrong, Pamela Auinbauh, Marie Buser, Alyssa Gold, Miyesha McGriff, Kelanie Murphy, Megan Squires, Skyler Taylor, Ashley Zimmerman,
Craig Allen, Mark Gieringer, Michael Tomlinson, Erik Sobbe

 

PRODUCTION STAFF

Concert Director…………………………………………………DeeAnna Hiett

Concert Director’s Assistant…….………………………………Brittany Duskin

Stage Manager……………………………………………..........Lynley Schaffer

Assistant Stage Manager…………….………Rachel Crawford, Lacee Ebert

Master Electrician…………………………………....………Melissa Mahoney

Lead Lighting Designer……………………………………….Richard Sprecker

Light Board Operator……………………………...………………Latrice Lovett

Sound Design………………………………...…Robert Beck, Jason Scheufler

Sound Operators……………………..…………Beverly Marsh, Taylor Ohman

Curtain…………………………………..…........Lexie Klasing, Andrea Mason

Videographer………………………...…..……………………Stephanie Morrow

Technical Crew………………………………Hannah Benditt, Kassi Butler, Shanna Colbern, Haley Day, Abigail Engelhardt, Claire Gardner-Dale, Mark Gieringer, Alyssa Gold, Vashti Goracke, Patricia Hoard, Shannon Hustler, Appie Peterson, Liza Rod, Sara Beth Rothhammer, Alyssa Schneider, Devan Smith, Megan Stockman, Hayley Turner, Dempsey Ward, Chelsea Winstead, Lauren Winstead, Molly Zongker,Elizabeth Domingues

MIchael Tomlinson and Skyler Taylor in Ghost Us by Ronn Tice - UMKC Choreofest 2009 - photo Mike Strong
MIchael Tomlinson and Skyler Taylor in Ghost Us by Ronn Tice

Erick Sobbe in Percussio Suite by Mary Pat Henry - UMKC Choreofest 2009 - photo Mike Strong
Erick Sobbe in Percussio Suite by Mary Pat Henry

Megan Squires in UtMost by Rodni Williams - UMKC Choreofest 2009 - photo Mike Strong
Megan Squires in UtMost by Rodni Williams

Percussion Suite by Mary Pat Henry - UMKC Choreofest 2009 - photo Mike Strong
Percussion Suite by Mary Pat Henry

Miyesha McGriff in Utmost by Rodni Williams - UMKC Choreofest 2009 - photo Mike Strong
Miyesha McGriff in Utmost by Rodni Williams

Miyesha McGriff downstage right, near the wings in Between Impulse and Action by Paula Weber - UMKC Choreofest 2009 - photo Mike Strong
Miyesha McGriff downstage right, near the wings in Between Impulse and Action by Paula Weber

Michael Tomlinson and Chloe Abel in The Widows by Sabrina Madison-Cannon - UMKC Choreofest 2009 - photo Mike Strong
Michael Tomlinson and Chloe Abel in The Widows by Sabrina Madison-Cannon

Chloe Abel in The Widows by Sabrina Madison-Cannon - UMKC Choreofest 2009 - photo Mike Strong
Chloe Abel in The Widows by Sabrina Madison-Cannon

Chloe Abel and Michael Tomlinson in Bound To ... by DeeAnna Hiett - UMKC Choreofest 2009 - photo Mike Strong
Chloe Abel and Michael Tomlinson in Bound To ... by DeeAnna Hiett

Bound To ... by DeeAnna Hiett - UMKC Choreofest 2009 - photo Mike Strong
Bound To ... by DeeAnna Hiett

Bound To ... by DeeAnna Hiett - UMKC Choreofest 2009 - photo Mike Strong
Bound To ... by DeeAnna Hiett

Choreofest 2009

by Nicole English

For those still in a Halloween mood, be sure to take in the Fall Dance Concert, "Choreofest", on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 5, 6, and 7, at 7:30 p.m., in White Hall. The Dance Division's Fall Dance Concert will reflect the Halloween holiday season by including ghosts and spooky spirits in an original work by new Faculty member, Ronald Trice. Trice's featured piece is a gothic tale of ghostly encounters.

Ronald Tice is a welcome addition to the Dance Division, bringing his 30 years of professional dance experience in Europe and North America to the Conservatory. His choreography is energetic and engaging, stretching students' talents into new directions.

"For this concert, I wanted to do a Halloween piece," said Tice. "It is about the spirits coming to grips with death, struggling with their transition into the afterlife, and going into the light."

Set to Saint-Saens' popular work, Danse Macabre, Tice presents a challenging ballet suite that literally keeps the students "on their toes" with complicated partnering and athletic choreography. The choreography is demanding, but gives students a taste of professional ensemble-work.

"It is a fun piece... but it is a very hard piece to do," said Kelanie Murphy, a sophmore in the Dance Program. "For the entire time that I am on stage, I am constantly running and jumping at full speed.... and it is all good.... it is just very demanding.... I really have to hustle to keep up with the music."

Other faculty members will also be presenting their original works for this annual showcase of choreography, including Sabrina Madison-Cannon (The Widows), Rodni Williams (Utmost), and DeeAnna Hiett (Bound to....).

Paula Weber, Dance Division Chair, will be presenting a modern ballet piece, (Between Impulse and Action), set to the music of Mozart, that will feature advanced toe-shoe skills and dressed in holiday colors.

"It is a fun and action-packed piece that highlights each dancer in a short solo spot," said Weber. "It gives the students a chance to show off their advanced pointe-work."

Mary Pat Henry, Associate Dean of Conservatory Faculty Affairs, is presenting a modern ballet to music by William Russell, (Percussion Suite). Dressed in burgandy and green leotards, the choreography is sharp, crisp, and angular, which complements the abstract percussive music.

"This is music I always wanted to choreograph," said Henry. "Russell composed the music in 1932, but he was ridiculed for his ideas... he was way ahead of his time.... He was later rediscovered at age 70, and finally got the recognition he deserved."

The Fall Dance Concert "Choreofest" 2009, will be held at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 5, 6, and 7, in White Hall, 4949 Cherry, Kansas City, Missouri, located in the Performing Arts Center on the UMKC campus, and is open to the public. Tickets will be available to the general public for $8 for general seating, $6 for seniors. Free admission for UMKC faculty, staff, and students with UMKC or student ID. Tickets can be obtained by calling the Central Ticket Office (816) 235-6222.

Looking ahead:

The Conservatory's Dance Division will be presenting its annual Senior Dance Recitals, Feb. 10, 13, and 18, in White Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The Recitals are offered free of charge and open to the public. Showtimes will be at 7:30 p.m., except for Sunday, Feb. 18th, which will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tickets will be available to the general public.

The dance students will also be participating in the upcoming annual Spring Dance Concert, April 15th, 16th, and 17th, at 7:30 PM in White Hall, (with an additonal 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on the 17th). Tickets will be available to the general public for $8 for general seating, $6 for seniors. Free admission for UMKC faculty, staff, and students with UMKC or student ID. Tickets can be obtained by calling the Central Ticket Office (816) 235-6222.


PROFESSORS
Mary Pat Henry – Assistant Dean of Conservatory Faculty
DeeAnna Hiett
Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Paula Weber – Division Chair
Rodni Williams
Ronald Tice



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UMKC Dance Division moments between studio classes

Dance Division moments between studio classes

Fall Concerts
 With staff and guest choreography 

November 2017
November 2016
November 2015
November 2013
November 2012
November 2011
November 2010
November 2009
November 2008
November 2007
November 2006
November 2005

Spring Concerts
 Held every April with staff and visiting choreography. A showcase for the year. 

April 2017
April 2016
April 2014
April 2012
April 2011
April 2010
April 2008
April 2007

Other Dance Concerts and Dance Division Events at UMKC
 Held every April with staff and visiting choreography. A showcase for the year. 

Carmina Burana
CORPS de Ballet 2011 Conference with the introduction of the Tudor Curriculum
Battleworks Concert - 25 October 2008
UMKC Master Class with Robert Battle - 20-24 Oct 2008
Note: as of spring 2011 Robert Battle took over as Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey from the retiring Judith Jamison.
Master Class with Donald McKayle - August 2006
100th Year Anniversaryof the Conservatory - April 2006

Senior Recitals
These are held in the winter semester and the graduating seniors begin signups and rehearsals early in the fall semester. This is one of their last graded works. Each senior choreographs and directs a group piece and performs in a solo which may be self-choreography or another's and may also be a duet if there is a large enough mix of solo to duet.

There are a number of recital concerts, depending on the total number of seniors. Generally the mid-week concerts have in-town seniors while those with families out of town are scheduled for Saturdays so relatives can attend.

Senior Recital 2012
Senior Recital 2011
Senior Recital 2008
Senior Recital 2007
Senior Recital 2005

Related Links
 Non-UMKC events which have UMKC dancers, staff or visiting artists. 

Don McKayle talk 24 Jan 2008 at Public Library, KCMO about Kansas City Ballet piece he was commisioned to create.
UMKC guys in Romeo and Juliet at Kansas City Ballet Spring 2008 backstage in costumes.
Wylliams/Henry Sept 2006 and "Games ," choreography Donald McKayle.

For some of the least expensive, good dance entertainment in Kansas City the University of Missouri Kansas City's Conservatory of Dance and Music's Dance Division offers some of the best young adult dancers in the area. UMKC's Dance Division is among the top dance schools in the country. Those of us who live in this area often miss that distinction but people elsewhere know (isn't it always so?).





 

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