Stepping Out: Afterimages 2011
Monica Lenius
Stepping Out
Every student has their own talents that make them unique. With 9,000+ students on this campus, the Theatre & Dance Department utilized many to produce Afterimages, a show comprised of 10 dance acts. This production will perform on December 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the Noel Fine Arts Center Studio Theatre. As a student run program, the costuming, lighting, music, spoken word, stage crew, directing, choreographing and dancing have been directed and created by students. The graphic design students were even used to create apparel to increase awareness of the event.

What is it?
"[Afterimages] is an important part of the dance department that gives the students the opportunity to collaborate, get to know each other, see others’ works, and develop a creative voice by discovering who they are as artists," said Michael Estanich, the faculty mentor for Afterimages. An example of this creative voice is Erica Thomes, who choreographed ‘Impressions’ to the songs ‘Lamentations of the Heart’ by Phillip Wesley and ‘This is Not America’ by AHN Trio.
"It’s a contemporary ballet that shows how relationships and friendships affect you when they enter your life. Jillian Uphoff, Alyssa Albers, Madelyn Mickelsen, Breanna Ratkawiak, and myself are the dancers," Thomes said.

Experience in a Legacy
Gaining experience isn’t the only reason students like to participate in Afterimages. "Because this program has been going on for 20 some years, students look forward to contributing to this legacy," Estanich said.

"The Absence Of," choreographed by Maria Danson, explores how
burdens hinder and hurt yet bring us closer to those who love and
inspire us. Photo by Samantha Feld.
Courtney Holcomb is no exception. "I’ve been dancing since I was 3 so I love getting the opportunity to express myself and communicate through movement." As a senior (along with Erica Thomes), they have carried a big impact as student directors, choreographers and dancers. These directors have been in charge of communication between faculty and students, promotions, and facilitating the process in general. "My favorite thing about Afterimages is that it gives students an idea of what it will be like to work outside of the university," Holcomb said.

Through Afterimages many dancers hope to gain experiences that will not only help them in school but after they graduate.

"Nothing Isn't," choreographed by Lindsay Olsen, is focused
around the uncertainty of intimate relationships.
Photo by Zach Schwaller.

"Right now my tentative goal (after graduation) is to move to Chicago to pay off loans, hopefully perform, and open up a non-profit dance organization to help children in poverty express themselves somewhere in Latin America," Holcomb said.

"My goal is to audition for dance companies and choreograph. I love choreographing. I have been teaching dance for a while now so I would enjoy continuing with that path as well," Thomes said.

How To Get Tickets
Tickets are available at the University Information and Tickets Office in the DUC or online at
www. They are $17 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, and $12 for youth.
Featuring ten original, student choreographies, Afterimages is a student
directed and produced dance concert.
  Photo by Sam Feld.