Professional Dancers Leap Onto Campus

The Anderson University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is proud to present An Evening of Dance on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in York Performance Hall. This event will feature professional dancers from around the state of Indiana.  Principal dancers Chris Lingner and Yoshiko Kamikusa of the Indianapolis Ballet will be dancing two works by the celebrated choreographer, George Balanchine (© The George Balanchine Trust); Sanguinic from his iconic ballet The Four Temperaments, and a duet from Who Cares? with music by Gershwin.  The event will also welcome AU alumnus and Dance Kaleidoscope company member, Phillip Crawshaw, who will dance a solo utilizing the Graham modern dance technique.  Finally, David Claypoole, Jordan Stevens, and Patrick Van Buren from the Fort Wayne Ballet will be dancing an excerpt from Gerald Arpino’s Italian Suite as well as a male solo from Edward Stierle’s Lacrymosa.  Meet the dancers close up during a post-show Q & A reception. Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

George Balanchine is considered by many the greatest choreographer of all time and his ballets are rarely performed outside of large metropolitan areas. The program is overjoyed to bring his choreography to campus for the first time through a collaboration with Victoria Lyras, Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Ballet. Martha Graham is also an American dance icon, commonly referred to as the mother of modern dance. Her athletic style is marked by a percussive physicality and theatrical attack.  Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey helped establish the Joffrey Ballet as one of the premier dance companies in America, combining his unique choreographic vision with a dedication to preserving historically important dance works. Edward Stierle was a virtuoso whose career as a dancer and choreographer blossomed in the 1980’s at the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Anderson University is pleased and honored to bring performing arts of this high caliber to our community.

The dance program at Anderson University balances mind, body, and spirit. The goal is to create an environment where students explore creativity and movement. The program encourages students to experience faith and spirituality in their art form and to excel in dance academics and theory. Core requirements include technique courses in ballet, modern, jazz as well as dance composition, improvisation, and partnering. The program focuses on excellence and is paired with outstanding full-time faculty including some of the finest professionals in the field, guest choreographers, and master teachers. Learn more at

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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