Dance Program Honors & Awards


2016 National College Dance Festival

Out of 43 other performances, WSU was one of three selected, for the 2nd consectutive year, to perform at the American College Dance Association's National College Dance Festival .

nosuchSymbiosis is an emtionally charged performance choreographed by WSU dance faculty and alum, Cheyla Chandler. Danced by senior Kelsey Stoecklein (understudy Hunter Jones) and sophomore Max Mayerle (originally the understudy for Gavin Myers who was injured). 



2016 Brave New World 

Wichita State University’s School of Performing Arts Dance Program produced an original experimental dance theater event in April, 2015. Written and directed by Nicholas Johnson, Director of Dance, "Brave New World," was inspired by the 1932 novel from English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley, “Brave New World” examines what happens to a conformist society when it is confronted by the behavior of an outcast individualist. The performance is a collision of two worlds, pitting a highly structured, passionless society against a new vision brought by a visit from beings outside their social context. Wild, free and curious, these others immerse themselves in the new world, but discover they can never fit.

“Brave New World” is designed to break the conventional boundaries of theater-based performance. The event was staged at four locations around campus, starting at the Heskett Center pool, moving to outside Hubbard Hall, then inside the Rhatigan Student Center, near the food court, and then on to Shocker Courtyard, outside Shocker Hall.

The event was a multi-disciplinary undertaking, incorporating technology, videography, dance, theatre and physical theatre to create an extended moment that shifts audience perceptions towards self-reflection and new concepts of external and internal space. “Brave New World” includes choreography from School of Performing Arts Professor Denise Celestin, dance teacher Sabrina Vasquez and instructor Cheyla Chandler.


2014 National College Dance Festival

WSU dance faculty and alum, Cheyla Clawson Chandler's piece Anam Chara, performed by Heather Eilerts and Aaron Craven (understudies Angelica Steed and Remington Phillips), was selected from the regional contest to perform at the American College Dance Association's National College Dance Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.