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Work of UW-Madison dance students showcased at annual Kloepper Concert Dec. 8-9

November 30, 2018

The UW-Madison Dance Department presents its annual Kloepper Concert, a studio performance of new student work, Dec. 8-9.

Thirteen student choreographers will present a mix of solo and ensemble works. The students are: Caroline Criste, Lauren Forrest, Charli Harris, Elisa Hildner, Julianna Hom, Lauren John, Haley Johnson, Cassie Last, Lauren Lynch, Sarah Meltzer, Jessica Robling, Megan Schimke, Bailey Seymour and Alice Svetic.

Kloepper ConcertTwo of the works from this performance, “She is not Pink” by Hildner and “Rule Number One: Keep Going” by Seymour, were also selected to represent the Dance Department at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) North-Central conference. This annual event, which supports and recognizes dance in higher education, will take place in March 2019 at the University of Minnesota-Morris. 

The concert will also feature an ensemble piece from the First Year Workshop, a collaborative piece from first-year dance degree students directed by Kate Corby, associate professor and chair of the Dance Department.

The concert will take place in the Louise Kloepper studio in UW-Madison’s Lathrop Hall on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, cash only, and are available to purchase at the door, one hour before the performance. Seating is limited. There will be a reception following Saturday’s performance in the Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall.

The Dance Department is housed within the School of Education.

This studio concert is named for Louise Kloepper, former chair of the Dance  Department. Kloepper came to the UW in 1942 to study dance, after almost a decade teaching and dancing with the Hanya Holm School and Company. In 1942, she was the first dance professional admitted as a dance student at the UW-Madison campus. The same year she graduated, in 1946, she became an assistant professor at UW-Madison. Kloepper was a distinguished teacher of dance technique and composition, serving as artistic director and producer for many faculty-student presentations. She chaired the program for several years and was a professor of dance until she retired in 1975.

Professor Emerita Anna Nassif said Kloepper was “a humanist who followed the ideas of John Dewey and Margaret H’Doubler” someone who “put her faith in each student’s ability and talent to grow into a teacher, artist, therapist by his or her own effort and motivation.” This studio concert of student works is aptly named, as it represents an opportunity for creative growth for students in a space – Studio 549, Lathrop Hall – dedicated to Kloepper.

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