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Arts / Entertainment

Students choreograph, direct, dance

March 30, 2012

The Student Dance Concert presents the work of seniors Brittany Hazel, Emma Kimball, Shannon McGee, and Cheryl Senser. The concert features 30 students and 18 pieces composed of group or solo performances. Works range from contemporary, pointe and jazz.

Left to right: Senior dance majors Shannon McGee, Brittany Hazel, and Cheryl Senser. Image courtesy of the University Center for the Arts. Friday, April 6, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
University Center for the Arts
University Dance Theatre

The spring 2012 Student Dance Concert is being held in the University Dance Theatre at the University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington St.


  • $12/public
  • $8/Colorado State students
  • $8/youth (under 17)

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

From start to finish

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.

Junior dance majors Emma Kimball, Cheryl Senser, Brittany Hazel and Shannon McGee, as the student directors, are charged with producing this spring’s show, choreographing their own pieces and selecting submissions from many other student choreographers for inclusion. The concert provides an opportunity for student dancers to explore their choreographic technique.

“We get to take our vision and make it a reality,” notes Cheryl Senser.Senior dance major Emma Kimball. Image courtesy of the University Center for the Arts.

Contemporary, pointe, and jazz

This spring’s recital showcases the work of Choreography I students under the direction of Professor Judy Bejarano.

Featuring 30 students and 18 pieces composed of group or solo performances, works range from contemporary, pointe and jazz. Some of this year’s works include a lyrical piece, a night-club set, one surrounding the idea of Purgatory, a contemporary pointe piece and a high-energy jazz duet.

Each year, the concert provides the CSU and greater Fort Collins community an opportunity to experience a fully student-run production and an insight into the student lives of dance majors at the University.

Bridge to professional world

Student director Emma Kimball notes that “having an all-student-run recital provides a space to practice and explore our form; and, as directors, it provides a new opportunity to learn how to stick to our artistic principles, as we’ll have to do in the professional world one day.”

About the student directors

A double major with an emphasis on Dance and International Studies and a minor in Political Science, Emma Kimball came to CSU from Fruita, Colorado. Not only does Kimball enjoy seeing the creativity and visions of her peers, she loves the technical theatre aspect of lighting design as well. Kimball’s goal after graduation is to be hired into a professional full-time position for a professional modern or contemporary ballet company. 

Cheryl Senser is one of the many talented dancers producing and choreographing for this spring’s concert. Senser states that junior dance majors are required to direct the Dance Concert as a prerequisite for their Senior Dance Showcase. Senser likes the Student Dance concerts because they give dancers an opportunity to create pieces of art and share it with others. After graduation Senser hopes to get into a professional ballet company or continue her education in graduate school.

Originally from Denver, Brittany Hazel came to CSU to pursue degrees in dance and human development family studies. She appreciates the opportunity to show what dance majors are working towards as well as allows them to have responsibility over all elements of production through the Student Dance Concert. After graduation, Hazel would like to go to graduate school to acquire her early childhood teaching license as well as dance in a professional ballet company. She also hopes to eventually teach early childhood dance in a studio setting.

Shannon McGee came from Frisco, Texas, to Fort Collins to join the Performing Arts Program at CSU and focus her concentration on dance. What McGee loves most about CSU Student Dance Concerts is the work created by her peers and the tangible production experience. Post-graduation, McGee would like to either join a contemporary or modern dance company or go into the commercial industry and perform on a cruise ship, in a theme park, in music videos, or on television.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603