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Alum Success

The LSSU Dance program has provided me with excellent opportunities I could not have received at any other university. My ultimate career goal is to obtain a Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology and find alternative forms of communication with my patients. The dance program has allowed me to choreograph and produce works of art that incorporated sign language as well as work with children of all ages. Because of these opportunities I am well prepared for my future goals and am set apart from other students in a very competitive field.

Kitty Drockton

College of Arts, Letters, Social Sciences and Emergency Services

 

    Schedule of Dance Company upcoming events!

    • Friday, October, 24th, Downtown Trick or Treat, Zombie Dance and Walk, 5:00-7:00pm 
    • Saturday, November 8th, Cisler Center, Children's Book Festival. 11:00am -4:00pm
      • The Dance Company is performing at 11:00, 1:00 and 2:30.
    • November 20th and 21st, - Festival of Trees Donation Drop Off begins.
      • Please bring all trees, and items for auction to Art Center.
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Dance (Fine and Performing Arts Department)

Poinsettia Sale is going on now through Friday, October 17th!

Contact Deborah Choszczyk or any Dance Company member to place an order.

Dance Company

Congratulations to our newest Dance Company Members!

We would like to welcome 4 new members to the company, Caitlin Crum, Paige King, Kyle Lester, Albert Jones, and returning LSSU graduate and former LSSU Dance Company member Kitty Drockton.

They are joining existing members Beth Antonello, Jenna Perry, Anna Lehman, Susan Drockton, Kelsi Moher, Michaela Cook, and Kayla Price. Brielle Smith is still working at Disney and will be rejoining the company in January. The Dance Company is presently preparing for several dance events and fund raisers to support our local community and the dance program including this years Festival of Trees set for December 5.

Dance Company collecting clothing, costumes for Halloween sale

The LSSU Dance Company is collecting costume pieces, clothing and accessories that could be used for Halloween costumes. Do you have some items you'd like to donate?

The company will be selling these items at very affordable prices at a costume sale fundraiser just before Halloween.

Please bring old costumes, hats, masks, or clothing that could be used for making costumes to the dance studio located in room 209 of the Arts Center by the end of September, then watch for the sale!

For more information, contact Prof. Deb Choszczyk at dchoszczyk@lssu.edu

The LSSU Dance Company were a huge success at the Sault Ste. Marie, MI Sidewalk Sales again this year!

(details to come)

 

Dolly and Me High Tea Performance

Dance Company

 

Donned in party dresses and coiffeur finery, The LSSU Dance Company was invited to perform at the Dreammakers Theatre this Sunday, April 27 at 2:00pm for the Dolly and Me High Tea event sponsored by the Diane Pepler Resource Center. The Dance Company will be presenting three dances including a piece they choreographed just for this occasion.

First Row: Kelsi Moher, Kayla Price, Heidi Rasmussen and Kitty Drockton
Second Row: Jenna Perry and Brielle Smith
Third Row: Susan Drockton, Olivia Francis, Beth Antonello, Kristen Boyea, Taryn MacInnis and Michaela Cook

 

LSSU Social Dance Class Performs at Tendercare

 

 

This semesters Social Dance Class continued the tradition of dance outreach by performing at TendercareAssisted Living here in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday. Eighteen students danced a waltz, tango and swing for the residents and then invited them to join in. "This group of students learned these and other dances quite quickly this semester and were eager to add their own style and flair to their performance. It was an extreme pleasure working with this group. They worked hard, had fun, learned some great life skills and it shows!"

Professor Deborah Choszczyk

Social Dance 2014
The class posses for a photo after dancing for and with the residents at Tendercare.
First Row: Angela Beethem, Heidi Rasmussen, Amanda Cady, Michaela Cook
Second Row: Shanel Bosanic, Mariah Hoover, Danielle Ammel, Brianna Balogh, Samantha Griffin, Victoria Nickert and Andrew Jackson
Third Row: Michael Gordon, Erika Chevillot, Donny Lusty, Eric Minaker, Cameron Schoonover, Hunter Fodor, and Kelby Ankerson


Dance Company Elections

The Company would like to congratulate Beth Antonello as our new President, Jenna Perry as our new Vice-President, Anna Lehman as our new Treasurer, Susan Drockton as our returning Secretary, and Kayla Price as our new PR rep.

The Dance Company would also like to sincerely thank former President and graduating senior Kitty Drockton, former Treasurer and graduating senior, Heidi Rasmussen and PR rep and senior Olivia Francis for all their time, talents, dedication, passion and tireless service to help make the dance program the success it is today. Thank you ladies for making a great name for yourselves and dance here at Lake State.

Great news for two members!



Two members of the LSSU Dance Company have just been offered positions at Walt Disney World in Orlando for the upcoming summer and fall Disney College Program. Sophomore Marketing student Brielle Smith (pictured) and Senior Business Student Taryn MacInnis will leave this summer for Orlando. The LSSU Dance Company will miss them both terribly, but wish them all the best and will always welcome them home again.

2014 Members

2014 Members Rehearsing

 

2013 LSSU Dance Company is sponsoring their 3rd Annual "Festival of Trees" Silent Auction Fund Raiser

Friday, December 6th at 7:00 pm at the LSSU Arts Center.

This year a portion of the Silent Auction proceeds will support the Sault Area Public Schools Student in Transition-Homeless Program

Events of the evening will include:

  • Musical selections by the LSSU Musical Program at 7:00 pm
  • Dance Performances by the LSSU Dance Program at 7:30 pm
  • Photo opportunities with Santa for children at 7:00 pm
  • Silent Auction Bidding throughout the evening.

Any size style of artificial tree, wreaths, or baskets should be brought to the LSSU Arts Center all this week. LSSU Dance Company members will be on site to help contributors. Trees can be decorated on site in the lobby at that time. The lobby is monitored by video cameras.

Each tree can be decorated at your discretion including lights, ornaments, etc. Please provide your own, clearly marked extension cords. Clubs, organizations, businesses, or individuals may promote their businesses, and use any taseteful ideas/themes. Any size tree, wreath, or basket is welcome. Contributors will receive a certificate of recognition and a sign will be posted to identify your contribution.

All trees and wreaths will be on display and may be bid on from November 19-December 6, 2013 until 9:00 pm when winners are announced.

To donate items, or for additional information please call Professor Deborah Choszczyk, 635-2265 or dchoszczyk@lssu.edu Thank you!

 

LSSU Dance Company Audition Results for 2013

"This group of dancers is very focused, dedicated to the program and everyone works very well together. I am thrilled with the enthusiam and support each member has for each other. We can only grow and excel with such dedication and coorperation," says Dance Company director and adviser Professor Deborah Choszczyk.

All members are already busy taking bi-weekly technique classes and rehearsing for upcoming dance events. They recently participated in the Rock and Walk Against Bullying event at City Hall, and they will be volunteering at the Chamber Chase and performing during the LSSU Fall Fling.

The dancers were asked to perform at Northern Michigan University in October, local churches in November and will be sponsoring their third Festival of Trees on campus December 6 in addition to other events.

Members of the LSSU Dance Company for 2013

The members of the LSSU Dance Company for 2013, from left to right (* New members):
*Taryn McInnis, Beth Antonello, *Kayla Price, Rayann Basawa, Jenna Perry, Olivia Francis, *Jory Kettles, Susan Drockton, Heidi Rasmussen, Kitty Drockton, Kristen Boyea, *Anna Lehman, *Brielle Smith and *Kelsi Moher.

LSSU Dance Company Audition Results 2013

LSSU Dance Company Audition Results 2013

LSSU Dance Company Audition Results 2013

LSSU Dance Company Audition Results 2013

Sidewalk Sales

Members of the LSSU Dance Company selling popcorn and flowers to raise funds for LSSU professor and Dance Company adviser Deborah Choszczyk

Memebers of the LSSU Dance Company performing at the annual Sault Ste. Marie Sidwalk Sales.

Members of the LSSU Dance Company appeared at the Sault Ste. Marie, MI Sidewalk Sales dancing every hour on the hour, as well as selling popcorn and flowers to help raise funds for LSSU professor and dance company adviser Deborah Choszczyk.

2013 Club of the Year


Thank you everyone who nominated us for club of the year 2013! We are so grateful to win such a fantastic award. Congratulations to our adviser and Professor Deborah Choszczyk for winning Leader in the Arts Award!

2012 Superior Central School

Members of the LSSU Dance Company visited Superior Central School last month demonstrating Latin Ballroom Dance to about 30 high school Spanish students. Under the direction of Prof. Deborah Choszczyk, Angelica Salas, Kaiti Dickenshied, Susan Drockton, Kitty Drockton and Dan Walker helped demonstrate the proper techniques!

Members of the LSSU Dance Company visited Superior Central School last month demonstrating Latin Ballroom Dance to about 30 high school Spanish students. Under the direction of Prof. Deborah Choszczyk, Angelica Salas, Kaiti Dickenshied, Susan Drockton, Kitty Drockton and Dan Walker helped demonstrate the proper techniques!

Members of the LSSU Dance Company visited Superior Central School last month demonstrating Latin Ballroom Dance to about 30 high school Spanish students.  Under the direction of Prof. Deborah Choszczyk, Angelica Salas, Kaiti Dickenshied, Susan Drockton, Kitty Drockton and Dan Walker helped demonstrate the proper techniques!

2011 Eisenhower Dance Ensemble Dance Workshop


Three members of the LSSU Dance Company traveled to Marquette to participate in the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble Dance Workshop September 14 and 15. Afterwards, LSSU dancers along with 16 other dancers from the Marquette community learned a jazz dance in 2 hours and performed during the evening EDE Show. Pictured in front of the Forest Roberts Theatre on the NMU Campus: Sarah Kester, Stephanie Spurr, Kaiti Dickenshied, Deborah Choszczyk, Dance Director



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For more information please contact Deborah Choszczyk, Dance Director, dchoszczyk@lssu.edu, or 906-635-2265.

Reaching Out

Susie Drockton Sault Ste. Marie, MI

I love LSSU Dance Company. Being part of the Dance Company gave me an opportunity to make new friends and be involved in campus and community activities. We participate in such a wide variety of events that go way beyond dancing. I personally enjoy programs that allow us to introduce dance to young children. The smiles, hugs, and high-fives are priceless. There is something very special about being part of a campus organization that is really focused on giving back to the community while doing what we love.

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