SRU’s BFA Senior Dance Concert culminates student research, April 23


Dancers performing

Nine Slippery Rock University students will present their research through performance and choreography at the 2022 BFA Senior Dance Concert, April 23.

April 14, 2022

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Bachelor of Fine Arts dance majors at Slippery Rock University will close the book on their research by finishing the epilogue, that is, presenting at "The Epilogue: a BFA Senior Dance Concert," 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., April 23, at the Stoner West Dance Studio Theater. The concert, hosted by the SRU Dance Department, will feature choreography and performances by nine senior BFA dance students as well as work set by Atlanta-based choreographer Lashonda Johnson. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and they can be purchased online at

"We started our research with papers and presentations, then made it into a dance piece, which allowed us to be creative in different ways, and now we get to present it," said Skylar Smith, a senior dance major from Webster, New York. "This is a cool opportunity to perform in front of people and, as our final showcase as seniors, we're all excited to be able to share our research and everything that we've done."

The nine seniors will present in a variety of dance types, such as modern, contemporary, jazz and improvisation. Smith's piece is titled "Cycle of Traditions," which is a modern/contemporary piece that expresses the differences in gender roles and sexualism between male and female, based on Smith's research of Bronislava Nijinska, the first and only female choreographer for Ballets Russes, a company that performed in Paris from 1909-29.



Some of the senior BFA student's performances will be solo dances while some will include group performances with SRU students. Additionally, the senior BFA students will perform "Return to Sender," a piece choreographed by Johnson that is described by organizers as "a powerful and athletic dance that demonstrates the technical and performance virtuosity of the dancers."

The nine senior BFA dance majors presenting are:

  • Taylor Andrekanic, a senior dual dance and communication major from White Oak.
  • Anna DeRubeis, a senior dual dance and early childhood elementary major from Altoona.
  • Isabel Farr, a senior dance major from Avon Lake, Ohio.
  • Faythe Lewis, a senior dance major from Tyrone.
  • Airiann Page, a senior dual dance and exercise science major from Trafford.
  • Kelvin Rodriguez, a senior dance major from York.
  • Olivia Shirley, a senior dual dance and psychology major from New Kensington.
  • Smith.
  • Kaitlin Yankovich, a senior dance major from Ridgway.

"This concert is a great way for audiences to look at art and dance through different lenses," Smith said. "It's a really great learning opportunity and way for people to experience new things, and it's just going to be a really great show."

The Dance Studio Theater is wheelchair accessible. Masks are required.

More information about the BFA dance program at SRU is available on the Dance Department's webpage.

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