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USD Theatre Closes Season with Spring Dance Showcase

Students in a kick line with top hats on stage. The Spring Dance Showcase takes place April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Pictured in the foreground are Rachel Smith, Alyeska Krull and Braeden Garrett (from left to right).

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents the Spring Dance Showcase April 28 at 7:30 pm 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 13 undergraduate student choreographers. Their creative scholarship is overseen by Patricia Downey, professor of dance, who serves as the director of the dance showcase as well as the primary choreographic mentor and teacher of dance technique. Together she worked with Jonathan Allender-Zivic, assistant professor of lighting design, Caitlin Quinn, assistant professor of costume design, Bethany Padron, costume studio manager, Victor Shonk, associate professor of scenic design, Scott Mollman, production manager and associate professor of technical theatre, and other USD faculty to mentor the creative scholarship of over 50 USD students involved in the showcase as choreographers, dancers, designers and technicians.

Nearly 35 of these students are involved in the showcase as choreographers and/or dancers. The majority of these students are performance majors in the theatre department or dance minors. Of the 15 pieces to be presented, 13 have been created by student choreographers and nearly all performers are USD students.

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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 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News