The concert will feature the work of student choreographers Alexis Baynard, Nicole Cederberg, Meryl Hubbard, Zoe Huntsberger, Kylee Kohlhoff, Veda Manly, Trinity Manzke, Jackson Neal, Angele Nyberg, Abbi Stickels, Lucie Sullivan, and Erin Walsh. An ensemble piece from the First Year Workshop, a collaborative work from first-year dance degree students, directed by Collette Stewart, will also be on the program.
This concert is named for Louise Kloepper, former chair of the Dance Department. Kloepper came to UW–Madison 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.
Anna Nassif, professor emerita in the Dance Department, says Kloepper was a humanist who followed the ideas of John Dewey and Margaret H’Doubler, and who put her faith in each student’s ability and talent to grow into a teacher, artist, or therapist by his or her own effort and motivation.
Purchase tickets for the Kloepper Concert ($18/general admission and $10/students and seniors) at the Campus Arts Box Office, on the first floor at Memorial Union, by phone at 608-265-2787, or online at artsticketing.wisc.edu.