Final Steps: WLU Dance Class Holds First Showcase Exam

Kneeling from left are dance students Meredith Garner, Sarah Lemley, Chad Grubb, Callie Carroll and Carly Balog; standing from left, Emily Davis, Albina Gilmieva, Kristen O’Neil, Isabella Yakicic, Hannah Phillips, Amanda Tamplen, Elizabeth Conley, Calandra Riggle, Dan White, Rebecca Fryman and Alexandra Russo.

\Students enrolled in West Liberty University dance classes were hoofing-it for final grades as they performed last Wednesday during exam week.

“Both modern and tap classes performed in our Finals Showcase and the students were looking forward to it. We were so pleased that faculty and staff could join us too. Our students are both talented and hard-working and represent many majors,” said Jill Howard Warren, adjunct professor of dance.

A native of Bluefield, Howard has taught at WLU since about 2012. She also is a full-time dance teacher in the Ohio Valley. She earned her degree at WLU in 2009 in exercise physiology and went on to earn a master’s in dance education from New York University.

“This is the first semester that we’ve done this type of finals show. I’m trying to pull in new aspects of dance and focus on the performance experience with these finals.”

WLU also offers a dance minor.

Photos Provided Students of dance at West Liberty University perform during a showcase that comprised the final exam for the elective course. “This is the first semester that we’ve done this type of finals show. I’m trying to pull in new aspects of dance, and focus on the performance experience with these finals,” said Jill Howard Warren, adjunct professor of dance.

Recorded music was used, and the performance took place in the dance studio, located in the basement of Krise Hall. Next fall the dance studio will move into a new space in the Hall of Fine Arts.

“We’re looking forward to next year and to growing the program,” Warren added. Warren teaches a variety of classes including ballet, tap and modern.

The showcase lasted approximately 30 minutes and included performances from students and brief explanations of what the students have been working on during the semester.

Tap students performed to a selection from the hit musical “42nd Street” and also danced to the song, “Rise Up.” Students in the modern dance class performed to “This Bitter Earth.”

Since dance class is an elective that anyone can take, dancers come from a variety of majors — some are theater majors, others are physical education majors.

Students participating in the showcase included: Carly Balog, Follansbee; Callie Carroll, Rochester, N.C.; Elizabeth Conley, Martinsburg; Emily Davis, Enon Valley, Pa.; Rebekah Fryman, Butler, Pa.; Meredith Garner, Bridgeport, W.Va.; Albina Gilmieva, Moscow, Russia; Chad Grubb, Cross Junction, Va.; Sarah Lemley, Fairmont; Kristen O’Neil, Sistersville; Hannah Phillips, Clarksburg; Calandra Riggle, Wellsburg; Alexandra Russo, Washington, Pa.; Amanda Tamplen, Holly Springs, N.C.; Dan White, New Manchester; Isabella Yakicic, Sidman, Pa.

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