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MSU Theatre and Dance's 2018 Spring Dance Concert

(Poster design courtesy Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance)

Missouri State University Theatre and Dance presents the Spring Dance Concert: Parts of the Whole Thursday-Sunday May 3-6 in Coger Theatre. One of humanity’s most ancient art forms, dance has played an integral role in storytelling, ritual, ceremony, cultural identity, social bonding and creative self-expression. Blending artistry and physicality, myriad styles of dance movement have evolved and continue to emerge.

MSU Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance, Sarah Wilcoxson, is the coordinator for this year's spring dance concert, which she calls the Department's "faculty and guest artist" show. "So all three of our full-time faculty are showing works: that's myself, Ruth Barnes, and Sarah Brummel. And we also have a guest artist doing a world premiere of her work.  Her name is Ashley Goos; she is premiering a work called 'Distortion.'" Wilcoxson says the student dancers have been working on Goos's piece since last fall.  All works on the program will be performed by MSU dance students.

The disparate approaches to performance and choreography conjoin in this presentation, providing the audience a window into varied ideas about dance. You're invited to enter the world of imagination in motion, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets range from $8 to $14.  For tickets call 836-7678 or visit

Randy Stewart joined the full-time KSMU staff in June 1978 after working part-time as a student announcer/producer for two years. His job has evolved from Music Director in the early days to encompassing production of a wide range of arts-related programming and features for KSMU, including the online and Friday morning Arts News. Stewart assists volunteer producers John Darkhorse (Route 66 Blues Express), Lee Worman (The Gold Ring), and Emily Higgins (The Mulberry Tree) with the production of their programs. He's also become the de facto "Voice of KSMU" in recent years due to the many hours per day he’s heard doing local station breaks. Stewart’s record of service on behalf of the Springfield arts community earned him the Springfield Regional Arts Council's Ozzie Award in 2006.