Arts & Culture

UK Dance Program to Present ‘Accelerate’

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2018) Dance students in the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will grace the stage again this January as they present the program’s seventh annual dance concert “Accelerate” Jan. 26-28, at the Guignol Theatre.

“Accelerate” will include performances by UK dance minors and the first UK dance majors since the creation of the department’s bachelor’s degree program this summer. The innovative, exciting and thought-provoking choreography will not only present the art of dance at its finest, but also empower discussion of wider and more complex issues.

UK students will perform new work by guest choreographers Sumi Clements and Taryn Vander Hoop of Summation Dance Company; Stephanie Harris, instructor and guest artist at UK; Anthony Alterio, UK Dance Program faculty member; Theresa Bautista, adjunct faculty member at the University of Louisville; and Susie Thiel, director of the UK Dance Program.

In addition, this year’s concert will also feature a piece by dance and computer science senior Kye Miller on sexual assault. Audiences are advised Miller’s work may not be appropriate for all ages. Patrons will be advised they are welcome to step out to the lobby for this performance and return to the theater for the remainder of the concert.  

“Accelerate” will take center stage 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for UK students with a valid ID through the Singletary Center box office. Processing fees will be applied to the ticket purchase. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at or purchase in person during operating hours.

The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years and is currently celebrating 50 years of offering theatre as an educational program of study. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from the renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life. 

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