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WKU Dance Company to present ‘WinterDance’ Nov. 18-20

Christmas will soon be here and what better way to begin the season’s festivities than with WinterDance, featuring Adventures in Toyland Nov. 18-20 at WKU’s Van Meter Hall.WinterDance will be held Nov. 18-20.

The WKU Dance Company under the artistic direction of Amanda Clark, Associate Professor of Dance and Dance Program Coordinator, will bring enchantment to the stage as they take you on an adventure through a dancing land of toys.

The show will begin in Santa’s Workshop, where toys are being made for the holiday. Featuring mischievous elves, dancing dolls, marionettes and toy soldiers, you’ll marvel at the delights of the season as the toys perform.

From there, we move to the night before Christmas and Christmas morning, where we have more entertainment from the toys and see Christmas morning through a child’s eyes. Sneaking, sliding, fighting, shaking, leaping and rolling. The kids wake up early to find the presents wrapped and stacked under the tree early Christmas morning. Oh the things that happen when the parents are still asleep!

The hourlong concert features diverse music ranging from Bela Fleck to Glenn Miller including some of your Christmas favorites from Disney and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The show will mesmerize audiences of all ages with a variety of ballet, jazz, modern and tap dance choreography. The Sunday matinee will include photo opportunities with some of your child’s favorite toy characters.

Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for children under age 12. Tickets can be purchased in advance at wku.showare.com or by calling the Fine Arts box office at (270) 745-3121.

Cast members include Kelby Auten, a senior from Louisville; Cherokee Bennett, a freshman from Owensboro; Ayanna Buckner, a freshman from Nashville, Tennessee; Charles Buckner, a senior from Louisville; Colby Clark, a sophomore from Bowling Green; Lilly Comstock, a sophomore from Louisville; Matthew Dant, a sophomore from Louisville; Trevor Edwards, a junior from Glasgow; Miriam Gaines, a junior from Mt Juliet, Tennessee; Lindsay Lambert, a senior from Murray; Alex Lamm, a freshman from Paducah; Abbey Lutts, a sophomore from Knoxville, Tennessee; Hannah McCarthy, a junior from Nashville, Tennessee; Tori Menefee, a sophomore from Wilmore; Heather Moore, a senior from Louisville; Kelly McDaniel, a freshman from Memphis, Tennessee; Rachel Paris, a sophomore from Floyds Knobs, Indiana; Shannon Quigley, a senior from Louisville; Lexi Rice, a freshman from Georgetown, Indiana; Tyler Sanders, a junior from Owensboro; Sabrina Sieg, a junior from Louisville; Emma Sanders, a freshman from Newburgh, Indiana; Jill Terry, a freshman from Paintsville; Jena Thompson, a junior from Owensboro; Bernadette Turnage, a junior from Goodlettsville, Tennessee; MacKenzie Weber, a freshman from Nashville, Tennessee; and Elise Wilham, a freshman from Louisville.

Christmas Dance Camp Dec. 3

Join us for a festive day of dancing, crafting and Christmas fun as the WKU student chapter of NDEO will host a Christmas Dance Camp from 9:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 3 at Dance Arts of Bowling Green. (Christmas pajamas are optional.) The fee is $20 per child and pre-registration is required. Register by Nov. 11 to receive a $5 discount or bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. All children ages 3 to 8 are invited to attend.  No experience is necessary. There will be dancing, crafts, snacks and a performance showcase for parents. Contact Anna Wilson at anna.wilson828@topper.wku.edu or Jena Thompson at jena.thompson561@topper.wku.edu.

About Theatre and Dance: More than 15,000 people were entertained by the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance last year. The department presents over 20 productions every year including four Mainstage productions, two Mainstage dance concerts, three student-choreographed dance concerts, a Children’s Theatre Series, a Studio Series of student-directed works, a Before Broadway Series featuring a staged reading of a new musical, and a Next Stage Series of showcases and works in progress. More information about the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance can be found at www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance or by calling the department at (270) 745-5845. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WKUTheatreDance.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560.

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