College of Arts, Letters, Social Sciences and Emergency Services
Dance - Fine & Performing Arts Studies Department
Dolly and Me High Tea Performance
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 Tendercare Assisted 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
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
Shanel Bosanic and Hunter Fodor dance with Tendercare residents during their performance.
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 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 email@example.com 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
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.
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
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!
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
2010 Haiti Relief Effort
On Sunday, May 2, 2010, 85 boxes of goods collected for the people of Haiti left LSSU. Supported by members and friends of the LSSU Dance Company, the goods were collected, sorted, packed and carried into a U-Haul Truck. The truck was then driven to Virginia by Dance Company Director, Deborah Choszczyk and her husband Dan. There they palletized all the boxes, preparing them to be picked up and taken to the Royal Caribbean dock for departure to Haiti. According to Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines, all five pallets arrived safe and sound and with the peoples thanks!
2009 Creative Movement
Highlights of a brand new class in the Dance Minor Program at LSSU, “Creative Movement for Elementary Educators”. Each week LSSU students worked directly with children from Washington Elementary, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Their final, a Movement/Dance Production using all 200 children on stage at LSSU. The shirts for the children were provided by Michaels of Marquette, MI and the print provided by All-Star Graphics of Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
2009 Boyne Concord Academy
Boyne Concord Academcy, a LSSU Charter School, visited campus in November 2009. Eleven talented students participated in a ballet class in the morning and a modern dance class in the afternoon.
For more information please contact Deborah Choszczyk, Dance Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 906-635-2265.