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The UW-Madison Dance Department Presents
the annual student Kloepper Concert

The UW-Madison Dance Department presents the annual Kloepper Concert,  a studio performance of new student work, in the historic Louise Kloepper  Studio, room 549 Lathrop Hall December 2 and 3, 2017.

Nine student choreographers, including Nolan Elsbecker, Julianna Hom, Kimi McKissic, Jessica Robling, Megan Schimke, Bailey Seymour, Jenny Smith, Alice Svetic and Kaitlin Verchimak will present a mix of solo and ensemble works Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 pm, followed by a matinee performance on Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 pm.

One of the dance works to be presented in this concert, Kimi McKissic’s solo “John 3:16. Lost in Translation” was selected by the faculty to represent the Dance Department and UW-Madison at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) North-Central  conference. ACDA is an annual three-day conference, which supports and recognizes dance in higher education and provides students a unique opportunity for their works to be adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals. This year, McKissic will present their work here in Madison, Wisconsin where the conference will be held March 21-25. 2017.

The concert will also feature an ensemble piece from the First Year Workshop, a collaborative piece from first-year dance degree students directed by Associate Professor and Chair Kate Corby. The work is developed over the fall semester culminating in performance for this concert. 

About the Kloepper Concert

This studio concert is named for Louise Kloepper, former chair of the Dance  Department. Kloepper came to the UW in 1942 to study dance, after almost a decade teaching and dancing with the Hanya Holm School and Company. In 1942, she was the first dance professional admitted as a dance student at the UW-Madison campus. The same year she graduated, in 1946, she became an assistant professor at UW-Madison. Kloepper was a distinguished teacher of dance technique and composition, serving as artistic director and producer for many faculty-student presentations. She chaired the program for several years and was a professor of dance until she retired in 1975.

Professor Emerita Anna Nassif said Kloepper was “a humanist who followed the ideas of John Dewey and Margaret H’Doubler” someone who “put her faith in each student’s ability and talent to grow into a teacher, artist, therapist by his or her own effort and motivation.” This studio concert of student works is aptly named, as it represents an opportunity for creative growth for students in a space – Studio 549, Lathrop Hall – dedicated to Kloepper. 


Tickets are $10, cash only, and can only be purchased in advance of the show. Seating is VERY limited. Ticket sales will take place in the lobby of Lathrop Hall during the following days/times:

  • Tuesday Nov 28 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov 29  12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov 30 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec 1 from 12:00 pm–2:00 pm.


There will be a reception immediately following Saturday’s performance in the Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall. 

Contact: Kelly Kwiatkowski, kkwiatkowski@wisc.edu, 608-262-2353


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