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Dance performance March 28 and 29 to feature seniors' choreography

March 25, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — Senior dance minors at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present their capstone performance, "Traversing Stages," at 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29 in Room 190 of the university's Haas Fine Arts Center.

The show, which is free and open to the public, will include ballet, ballroom and modern dance featuring choreography by Carlie Hagerman, an organizational communication major from Ontario; Jolene Mertens, a mass communication-public relations major from Kiel; and Sunshinnia Pingel, a kinesiology major from Clintonville.

Hagerman, Mertens and Pingel have created original works showcasing what they learned through their dance studies at UW-Eau Claire. Capstone performances give students an opportunity to share their own experiences and personality through dance, said Julie Fox, assistant professor of dance.

Hagerman's piece, informed by research of choreographer Paul Taylor's body of work, reflects the four-year journey of a college student. Mertens' work combines elements of classical ballet storytelling and characters inspired by Disney archetypes to create an all-new fairy tale. Pingel's work introduces and deconstructs the fiery tango through modern dance techniques.

Student performers will include Liana Berlyn, a senior psychology major from Muskego; Jesselyn Chermak, a sophomore psychology major from Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Calvin Franke, a junior business major from Mayville; Katie Griffin, a senior French major from Eau Claire; Hannah Hebl, a freshman liberal studies major from Eau Claire; Steven King, a senior Spanish major with a business and professions emphasis from Watertown; Britt Neville, a sophomore with an undeclared major from Eau Claire; Cassandra Ostrowski, a sophomore English major from Pittsville; and Rachel Page Wilson, a freshman English major from Saint Paul, Minn.

For more information about the dance students' capstone performance, contact Jolene Mertens at 910-838-4236 or



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