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Student Dance Concert

April 1, 2013

The 2013 Student Dance Concert includes pieces choreographed by the three student directors, as well as submissions from many other student choreographers. 'The show is upbeat and fun, and there are a variety of dance styles represented,' says Director Bailey Ostdiek.

Student directors and junior dance majors Bailey Ostdiek, Natalie Vinyard-Houx, and Alyssa Howell.Friday, April 5, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
University Dance Theatre

The 2013 Student Dance Concert takes place in the University Dance Theatre in the University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington Street.

Tickets are:

  • $12/adults
  • $8/CSU students
  • $8/youth (2-17)
  • Group Rate: 15% off on 10 or more tickets

Purchase tickets here (use the login link at the bottom of the page). A reception following April 6 evening performance.

Artistry and technique

A CSU tradition since 1987, the Student Dance Concert is a unique opportunity for dance students to oversee all aspects of the show from start to finish. Our student directors, junior dance majors are:

  • Bailey Ostdiek
  • Natalie Vinyard-Houx
  • Alyssa Howell

These students are charged with producing the performance. They have choreographed their own pieces and have selected submissions from many other student choreographers for inclusion. The concert provides an opportunity for student dancers to explore their choreographic and design technique.

“It can be stressful, but I like being able to take charge of the activity and give constructive direction,” said Bailey Ostdiek.

Several dance genres to be presented

This spring showcase features 12 pieces from a team of 13 choreographers. The production is made up of various solos as well as works from talented student choreographers, each with a different style and flair. Different genres covered within the program include jazz, hip hop, African, and, for the first time, an aerial specialist.

“We tend to pick collaborations with which we feel comfortable,” notes Ostdiek. “The show is upbeat and fun, and there are a variety of dance styles represented.”

This fully student-run production has been in the works since the beginning of the year and is part of a graduation requirement for dance majors. It provides a chance for the dancers to network with other performing arts majors and showcase their talent to the public.

You won’t want to miss this night of lively dance performances as CSU dance majors take this annual concert to new heights.

About the student directors

Bailey Ostdiek, a Florida native, discovered her love of dance at an early age. She began dancing at the age of three under Baggs Studio Ballet and continued to train there until her family moved to Highlands Ranch, Colo. in 2004. She enrolled at the International Ballet School in Littleton, Colo. where she performed soloist roles at a pre-professional and professional level.

She has been selected to dance with several guest choreographers, and dance several soloist roles performed in the repertoire class. This year she joined CSU’s Tour Dance Company and performs several styles of dance in an educational role in the community.

Natalie Vinyard-Houx was born and raised in Frisco, Colo. She started dancing at the age of two at Summit School of Dance and continued dancing through high school at Rocky Mountain Dance Academy.

Since her freshman year she has performed in many student and faculty dance concerts and has choreographed for the past three semesters. Natalie hopes to continue to choreograph, teach, and dance in the future.

Alyssa Howell of Aurora, Colo. began her dance journey at age three. She has danced with Colorado Dance Academy, Encore Dance, Miller Dance Studio, and the City of Aurora, where she has had many leading roles.

Most recently, Alyssa choreographed for Poudre High School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and for Kids Do It All Theater Summer Program here at CSU. Alyssa is currently a junior and has had the opportunity to dance for guest artists in multiple student, senior, and repertoire class productions. Upon graduation from CSU Alyssa hopes to continue dancing and choreographing.

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