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Dance Department presents Kloepper Concert of new student work Dec. 7-8

November 27, 2019

The School of Education’s Dance Department presents the annual Kloepper Concert, a studio performance of new student work, in the historic Louise Kloepper Studio, Lathrop Hall, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec 8.

In this concert, 12 student choreographers — including Akiwele Burayidi, Audrey Glock, Cassie Last, Lauren Lynch, Ellie McShane, Courtney Kopchinski, Amanda Kolsch, Shayna Valianos, Jessica Jacobs, Veda Manly, Tye Trondson, and Brooke Schroeder — will present a mix of solo and ensemble works. 

2019 Kloepper ConcertThe concert will also feature an ensemble piece from the First Year Workshop, a collaborative piece from first-year dance degree students directed by Kate Corby, associated professor and chair of the Dance Department.

Immediately following the Saturday, Dec. 7, performance, a reception will be held in Lathrop Hall’s Virginia Harrison Parlor.

The concert is named for Louise Kloepper, a former chair of the Dance Department. Kloepper came to UW-Madison to study dance in 1942, after almost a decade of teaching and dancing with the Hanya Holm School and Company. She was the first dance professional admitted as a student.

The same year she graduated, 1946, she became an assistant professor for the department. She was a distinguished teacher of dance technique and composition, serving as artistic director and producer for many faculty-student presentations. 

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.” 

Tickets will be available at the door one hour before the performance for $10, cash only. Seating is very limited. 

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