Preparing for the Student Choreographed Dance Concert
Count 1: Hopeful choreographers submit paper applications to student producers Kiefer and
Count 2: Student producers hold dance audition for aspiring choreographers.
Count 3: Student producers select student choreographers.
Count 4: Choreographers pick dancers for their performances after holding a dance audition.
Count 5: Rehearsals begin with choreographers and dancers meeting at unusual times, whether
at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings or 10:30 p.m. on Friday nights.
Count 6: Choreographers and dancers hold a mid-point show for producers to assess their progress.
IWU dance instructors Jean MacFarland Kerr, Sheri Marley and Jessica Riss provide
Count 7: Choreographers consult with IWU student costume designers or design their own costumes
Count 8: Producers, choreographers and dancers pitch in for set up of the stage, chairs,
Illinois Wesleyan Students Think They Can Dance
January 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University students are back from break, and
some students will start the spring semester dancing. The Student Choreographed Dance
Concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 in
the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington). This event is free and
open to the public.
Dancing styles featured in the concert will include hip-hop, jazz, modern, lyrical,
tap and Irish dancing. Student choreographers were chosen following an application
process and an interview with the student producers, undecided major Miranda Kiefer
’10 and music theatre major Liz Schwarzrock ’09. After this selection, the choreographers
held an audition for dancers before finalizing their casts.
One choreographer in particular, music theatre major Evan Kasprzak ’10, carries with
him industry experience after making it to Las Vegas this summer on the Fox TV show
“So You Think You Can Dance?” On the show, 20 men and women dance for America’s votes
amid weekly eliminations.
Kasprzak’s audition, which made air time, was choreographed by his brother and styled
after forties and fifties theatre jazz. He was one of approximately 200 dancers to
make it to Vegas week, which included five days of auditions and performing various
dancing styles. Kasprzak made it to the final round of Vegas week before being cut.
Upon his return to Illinois Wesleyan, Kasprzak played the French ambassador in the
musical Of Thee I Sing and will perform in the Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert running April 7-12.
Other student choreographers include theatre arts and history double major Cat Smith
’09, music theatre major Neil Stratman ’10, English and French double major and dance
minor Sami Skelton ’11, English and dance double major Amy Bannon ’11, theatre arts
major Kyle Blair ’09, English writing major Kim Stabosz ’09, international studies
and French double major Emily Coles ’11, sociology major Christie Ivie ’09, international
student Alejandro Postigo, music theatre major Katelyn Schmidt ’11, music theatre
major Katie Whalley ’09, Kiefer and Schwarzrock.
For further information on the performance, contact Kiefer at email@example.com.
Contact: Nicole Travis ’11, (309) 556-3181