Spring Dance Showcase Features USD Theatre Students

Spring Dance Showcase The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents the “Spring Dance Showcase” on Sunday, April 30.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents the “Spring Dance Showcase” on Sunday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. This one-night-only event features pieces in tap, jazz and modern dance genres accompanied by a wide variety of musical styles.

The showcase highlights original pieces by 14 undergraduate student choreographers. Ebrin Stanley and Sahar Mohtadi Tabrizi each composed and recorded original music for their choreographed work. Choreographer Braeden Garrett collaborated with music student Alyssa Brill on a piece with live percussion. Nearly 40 students are involved in the showcase as choreographers and/or dancers.

Their creative scholarship is overseen by Patricia Downey, associate professor of dance, who serves as the director of the dance showcase as well as the primary choreographic mentor and teacher of dance technique. With assistant professor of lighting design Jonathan Allender-Zivic, assistant professor of costume design Caitlin Quinn, costume studio manager Bethany Padron, assistant professor of scenic design Victor Shonk and production manager and associate professor of technical theatre Scott Mollman, faculty and staff have mentored the creative scholarship of over 50 USD students involved in the showcase as choreographers, dancers, designers, musicians and technicians.

USD students also had the opportunity to work with Kevin Breazeale, an internationally known freelance music theatre director, choreographer, master class clinician and performer. Trained in tap, jazz, ballet, swing, ballroom and musical theatre, Breazeale created original choreography specifically for the USD students to the title song from the classic musical “Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Additionally, Downey has restaged two pieces of choreography by musical theatre legends Tommy Tune and Michael Bennett.

Tickets are available at the door the day of the performance for a free will donation.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News