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Dance Major Capstone Showcase

December 4, 2013

Four senior dance majors will showcase their choreography, performance, and production talents in this capstone event. Each student has put together a group piece and a solo performance.

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Friday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
University Dance Theatre
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

Dance Capstone Concert

The dance program at Colorado State’s University Center for the Arts features senior dance majors in the Fall 2013 Dance Major Capstone Concert: Grit.


  • $8/CSU students
  • $8/youth (under 18)
  • $18/public

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787) or online.

Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Choreography, performance, production talents

This end of semester concert provides senior dance majors a chance to showcase their choreography, performance, and production talents in this capstone concert event.

The fall show, entitled Grit, features the performance and choreography work of Elyse DeVos, Blake Miller, Brielle Oakes, and Cami McCullough. The concert is an opportunity for graduating seniors in the dance program to display all that they have learned from the last four years.

Each dancer has put together a solo performance as well as a group performance, and is involved with all the production aspects of the concert from start to finish.

A search for purpose

Elyse DeVos uses the concept of “madness” as her overall theme for her group piece. She displays different types of madness but not in a serious or factual way.

She plays off of expressing both lighter and darker sides of the idea. Elyse is dancing her solo work to the speech “If Money Was No Object” by Alan Watts.

Her solo is based on the quote, “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”

Society and its constructs

Blake Miller’s work relates to a commentary on society and the individual. Both of his pieces contemplate what makes society work and how individuals interact and coalesce with each other while trying to stay true to society’s constructs. With music that has African and tribal undertones, his solo piece takes place as a sort of ritual or celebration of a post-war, post-apocalyptic group of people.

Dancers as dolls try to break free of constraints

Brielle Oakes’ group piece is inspired by "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil." She pursues this idea with her dancers as dolls who are trying to break free from their constraints. Her solo is based on the story of her life and how she has gotten to where she is today. She will showcase her training in classical ballet and blend it with her own personal style of contemporary and lyrical dance.

The visuals of dreams

Dreams have always been interesting to Cami McCullough. She grew up having reoccurring dreams, nightmares, and has been a sleepwalker and talker ever since she was a toddler. Her group piece is inspired by all of the visuals and actions that happen while sleeping. Her solo concept is a complete expression of her own movement and musicality.

  • Read bios on each of the dance major directors

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Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891