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First Year Graduate Students (1)

First-Year Graduate Students Karen Opper, Carrie Langguth and Sishi Gao. Photo by Shannon Sterne

Who’s Who?

Some new faces will be seen at Mather Dance Center this fall, while other more well-known individuals will be taking on new roles.

The department welcomes three new graduate students this fall.

Carrie Langguth is a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and Zumba instructor with a BA in dance and a BS in exercise science from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Her movement training extends beyond traditional concert dance training; she studied Irish dance in Ireland, hula dance with a hula master, and was a competitive figure skater at a senior level in the US and Canada.

Karen Opper recently graduated from Central Michigan University with her BFA in theatre and interpretation with a minor in dance. While at CMU, Karen was a member of the University Theatre Dance Company and was very active in the theatre department. Her choreographic works were showcased in the spring faculty concerts, and her final project earned her the privilege of working with tap artist Ellie Sciarra, co-choreographing the classic musical 42nd Street.  

Sishi Gao will be completing an MA in dance at CWRU. She completed her bachelor’s degree in dance at the Beijing Normal University in 2008, then taught dance at the National Institute of Technology. After completing her MA, she plans to return to China where she teaches at the Beijing Royal School.

We are also happy to announce that first-year undergraduate student Amanda Lindamood is the recipient of the Department of Dance Full Tuition Scholarship. Amanda is planning to double major in dance and nutritional biochemistry and metabolism. She trained in ballet, modern, lyrical, and jazz at Cleveland Dance Academy, and also competed and won various awards.

Although he isn’t a new face around Mather Dance Center, Gary Galbraith will be featured in a new role this fall serving as Acting Chair while Department Chair Karen Potter is on a well-deserved sabbatical. Recent graduate Hannah Barna (MFA’15) will be joining our staff as a part-time lecturer.

Please welcome our new students and congratulate our faculty and staff on their new positions as we start this new academic year.

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