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Dance Major Capstone Showcase

April 28, 2014

The Senior Capstone concert is an opportunity for graduating seniors in the dance program to display all that they've learned from the last four years. Each dancer has put together a solo performance as well as a group piece, and is involved with all of the production aspects of the concert from start to finish.

Friday, May 2, 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 3, 2 p.m.and 8 p.m.
University Dance Theatre
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

The dance program at Colorado State’s University Center for the Arts presents the 2014 Spring Dance Major Capstone Concert: InterLace.


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.

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

Emotions, dreams, 'toxic love'

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 spring show, entitled InterLace, features the performance and choreography work of Alyssa Howell, Angela Wood, Bailey Ostdiek, and Natalie Vinyard-Houx.

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 piece, and is involved with all of the production aspects of the concert from start to finish.

Alyssa Howell’s group piece is entitled “Life Goes On” and revolves around the emotions experienced during hospitalization. The central theme comes from the quote “As low as you might go is as high as you will fly. Know this now: Your challenges can be a powerful source, awakening you to rise up higher than you might ever have gone.”

Her solo piece,entitled “The Turning Point” and is based on growing up and preparing for life. This solo is inspired by the quote, "The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.”

Angela Wood’s group piece will take you on a journey of her life and show different stages she has experienced with her friends and family along the way. Her solo piece will display the feeling of lust rather than love. She will wear a button down shirt that will represent how toxic love can become.

Bailey Ostdiek’s solo and group performances will incorporate live and original music. Her group piece revolves around the idea of evolution. The piece will be split into three different sections representing art, music, and dance with a different style of music for each section. Her solo piece looks to show her unique style and show off her ballet training, as well as experiment with different types of dance.

Natalie Vinyard-Houx’s group piece starts as a dream and turns into a nightmare. She hopes to convey her experiences of her own dreams and nightmares in this piece. For her solo she will use dance to convey a traumatizing event that happened to her. It is split into three sections entitled, Magoa showing heartbreak, Hiraeth showing nostalgia and a longing to go home, and Dérive showing a spiritual journey.

Alyssa Howell began dancing at the age of three, studying all styles of dance including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical/contemporary and tap.Alyssa Howell grew up in Centennial, Colorado. She began dancing at the age of three, studying all styles of dance including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical/contemporary and tap at several local studios, Colorado Dance Academy, Dance Movement and Miller's Dance Studio.

Alyssa has had the opportunity to attend summer intensives throughout her training including American Ballet Theatre in Alabama and Walnut Hill under partial scholarship and was offered full year placement into the conservatory program.

Alyssa enrolled in the Colorado State University Department of Dance in 2010 and has had the pleasure of training under Judy Bejarano, Chung-Fu Chang, Melissa Corr, Amber Mazurana, Carol Roderick, and Jane Slusarski-Harris.

She has also had the opportunity to study with guest artists Richard Wako, Professor at University of Utah Department of Ballet and Yunyu Wang, Professor at Taipei National University of the Arts. While at CSU, she has performed excerpts from Anna Sokolow’s Rooms, Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre and Swan Lake. Alyssa worked as choreographer with the CSU Theater Kids Do It All Summer Program.

She has also choreographed for Poudre High School's Theater Program on performances including Arabian Nights, Beauty and the Beast and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After graduation Alyssa hopes to continue choreographing and plans to go to Graduate School to become a Guidance Counselor at the high school level.

Wood began dancing at age ten. Her final semester at CSU, Angela was rewarded a dance scholarship. She just completed her first season as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader. Angela Wood was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. She began her dance training at the age of ten at Shelly True Dance Academy, studying ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and jazz.

She got accepted into Colorado State University and danced for the Golden Poms Squad for both her Freshman and Sophomore years.

Angela declared the Dance Major her sophomore year and immediately began training with Judy Bearano, Chung-Fu Chang, Lisa Morgan, Carol Roderick, Jane Slusarski-Harris, and David Taylor.

She also was fortunate enough to take part in master classes from companies and choreographers such as Ailey II, Diavolo, Joan Lararus, Tommy Parlon, Pilobolus, and Shih Kun-Chen. Angela also joined the Tour Dance Company her senior year under the direction of Professor Chang.

While attending Colorado State University, Angela also danced for the Denver Outlaws Dance team for two seasons and the Colorado Mammoth Wild Bunch for one season. Angela also just completed her first season as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader.

Her final semester at CSU, Angela was rewarded a dance scholarship and she has been on the Dean’s List for two consecutive semesters. Upon graduation in May, Angela plans to start her second year as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader. She also plans to coach a high school poms team in the Denver Metro area.

Ostdiek began dancing at age three. As a young girl, she performed and received soloist roles at a pre-professional level.Bailey Ostdiek was born in Key West, FL and raised in Jacksonville. She began dancing at the age of three under Baggs Studio Ballet and continued to train there until her and her family moved to Highlands Ranch, CO in 2004.

She enrolled at the International Ballet School (IBS) in Littleton, CO where she performed and received soloist roles at a pre-professional level such as the Clara and Dew Drop in the Nutcracker; Peasblossom and Mustardseed Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Peter’s shadow and Tootles the lead lost boy in Peter Pan.

While training at IBS she attended summer intensives such as The Jillana School in Taos, NM and American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York City.

Bailey enrolled in Colorado State University as a Dance Major in 2010 and began her initial studies in modern technique, improvisation/choreography, and dance pedagogy, while continuing her ballet training. She worked with faculty such as Judy Bejarano, Chung-Fu Chang, Amber Mazurana, Carol Roderick and Jane Slusarski-Harris and fortunate enough to be selected in several guest artists’ work as well.

These works included an original work by Tommy Parlon, Artistic Director of Tommy Parlon Dance Projects and Yunyu Wang, a professor at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan who restaged Anna Sokolow’s Rooms. Bailey has taken several master classes while training at CSU including Ailey II Company, Joan Lazarus, Gabe Masson, Tommy Parlon, Pilobolus and Smuin Ballet. Bailey also spent a year performing in the Tour Dance Company, directed by Chung-Fu Chang.

She and fellow company members traveled throughout Colorado giving dance lecture demonstrations with a repertoire entirely student produced. Her co-choreographed duet was selected for the company’s repertoire as well as featured at the Colorado Dance Expo in order to represent CSU’s Dance Division. Bailey has created many works while at CSU and has had two choreographic works showcased in the faculty concerts.

Over the past couple of years, Bailey has taught creative movement, beginning ballet and adult ballet at local studios and schools in the surrounding area. She taught at Contemporary Dance Arts in Loveland, CO, as well as Canyon Concert Ballet and Laurel Elementary in Fort Collins, CO. In the future, she hopes to continue teaching at a conservatory for dance or in a university setting.

Vinyard-Houx began dancing at the age of two. She has performed many of her own, choreographic works at CSU.Natalie Vinyard-Houx grew up in the small mountain town of Frisco, Colorado. She started her training in dance at the age of two at Rocky Mountain Dance Academy where she studied ballet, tap, modern, jazz and hip-hop under the direction of Jennifer Voxakis.

Her first year and a half of college was spent at Southern Utah University as a Dance major where she studied with faculty such as Kay Andersen, Shauna Mendini, Lise Mills, Paul Ocampo, and Chien-Ying Wang.

While at SUU she took master classes from the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. After transferring to Colorado State University in the spring of 2011 she started her studies with faculty such as Judy Bejarano, Chung-Fu Chang, Jane Slusarski-Harris, Sayaka Karasugi-Ruggles, Lisa Morgan, and Carol Roderick.

At CSU she was also able to take master classes taught by the Ailey II Company, Shih Kun-Chen, Joan Lazarus, Gabe Masson, Pilobolus, Richard Wacko, and Yunyu Wang. She was able to perform in character dances from the ballet Swan Lake staged by Richard Wacko, Associate Professor at the University of Utah, and in Anna Sokolow’s ROOMS in the section, Daydream restaged by Yunyu Wang, Professor at the Taipei National University of the Arts.

Natalie has also created many choreographic works of her own at CSU, one of which was chosen for performance in the Dance Division’s main stage concert. Upon graduation, Natalie aspires to teach dance to young children either through a dance studio or through public elementary schools.

Someday she would also like to open her own dance school. She also has a passion for physical therapy and has been volunteering with local physical therapists and taking the necessary steps in order to apply for graduate school sometime in the future.

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