B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert / Student Dance Festival | School of Theatre and Dance | Kent State University

B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert / Student Dance Festival

March 15-17, 2019

Erdmann-Zucchero Black Box Theatre
Faculty Directors: Barbara Allegra Verlezza and Joan Meggitt

Enjoy wonderful choreography and performances from graduating senior BFA candidates in dance performance and dance majors and minors.

Date Time
Friday, March 15 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 2:00 p.m.




2019 Senior B.F.A. Dance Performance Candidate

Claire Tilley

Claire Tilley by Dennis J Photography

CLAIRE TILLEY, BFA Dance Performance, is a senior from Buffalo, New York. She is a third-year member in the Kent Dance Ensemble and has had the privilege of performing twice at Playhouse Square in the Cleveland Dance Showcase, and in June 2018, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. as part of the national concert for the American College Dance Association. Claire has studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand as a founding member of the “East Meets West” program as well as participated in the OpenFLR International Summer Choreographic Intensive for three weeks in Florence, Italy. Claire is serving her second term as President of the Student Dance Education Organization and is a recipient of The School of Theatre and Dance/Dance Scholarship and various other Kent State University awards. Additionally, she has been on the Dean’s list every semester. Throughout Claire’s tenure at Kent State, she has been chosen to perform in multiple guest artist works as well as in faculty and student choreographed concerts. Upon graduation, Claire plans to move to New York City and pursue a professional career in dance.


Guest Choreographer

Gregory King

Gregory King

Gregory King received his MFA in Choreographic Practice and Theory from Southern Methodist University and is certified in Elementary Labanotation from the Dance Notation Bureau. His dance training began at the Washington Ballet and continued at American University. He has participated in the Horton Project in conjunction with the Library of Congress and has performed with The Washington Ballet, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, New York Theatre Ballet, Donald Byrd /The Group, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, New York City Opera, and Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway. King contextualize the relevance of black dance aesthetics and cultural signifiers through research, writing, and public presentation and his current research project, titled Digital Activism: Black Bodies Reclaiming Public Space, combines the disciplines of dance, movement analysis, literary criticism, social psychology, and anthropology. He has taught master classes, lectures, and workshops nationally and internationally, and has served as visiting assistant professor of dance at Temple University, and visiting assistant professor of dance and Consortium on Faculty Diversity Fellow at Swarthmore College. King is a dance writer for The Dance Enthusiast, ThINKingDANCE, The Philadelphia Dance Journal, and Broad Street Review. Recently, Mr. King’s response to the Dancing for Justice Philadelphia event, was selected to be included in the U. S. Department of Arts and Culture’s new resource guide, “Art Became the Oxygen.” In addition to having served as the creative communication coordinator for the International Association of Blacks in Dance, he was recently nominated for a Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio and is the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Creative Contribution award from the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Kent State University. Currently, he is a tenure track professor of dance at Kent State University. www.gregoryaking.com



Tickets can be purchased in person at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242, by phone at 330-672-ARTS (2787) or online at the link below. 

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