School of the Arts

Dance Concert: Unity in Motion

Unity in Motion Dance Concert Presented December 14 and 15 in Harlen Adams Theatre

Jordan Kopp in a dance pose
Jordan Kopp

CSU, Chico’s School of the Arts presents the dance event, Unity in Motion. The performance takes place Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333.

Unity in Motion is a faculty choreographed dance showcase featuring a piece from Momentum (a student-run organization). It will include a variety of different styles such as: ballet, contemporary jazz, hip hop, modern and musical theatre dance.

Director Megan Glynn Zollinger (Department of Music and Theatre assistant professor of dance), Sheree Henning (Department of Music and Theatre faculty), Tyler Farmer (guest artist), and JaNae McLaughlin (kinesiology faculty), are responsible for this year’s pieces and choreography.

Even though there was a dance showcase in 2016 that featured faculty and student choreography, there has not been an all-faculty showcase at Chico State since 1991. This was due to the dance program being eliminated. Zollinger’s goal is to make this showcase an annual event.

2 men and 1 woman in a bent dancing pose
(L-R) Brandon Burchard, Kyle Crowley, and Maya Trajkovski

“I’m not necessarily reinventing the wheel, I’m just making it a faculty concert that I plan to continue in the future,” Zollinger said.

Dancing and choreography has always been a huge part of Zollinger’s career. She has had plenty of experience in creating, training and directing. Zollinger worked as a jazz dance director at Westlake School for the Performing Arts. A lot of her students went on to be featured on television shows such as America’s Best Dance Crew, America’s Got Talent and So you Think you Can Dance.

“Dance is a unique artform in which we are able to communicate, entertain, discover, challenge, and heal simply using the human body,” added Zollinger. “This will be a representation of that passion, talent and community working together.”

Feliciana Barkley-Brinson tap dancing with arms in air
Feliciana Barkley-Brinson

Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $6 seniors, students and youth. They are available to purchase at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333.

Harlen Adams Theatre is located in Room 144 of the Performing Arts Center. For those who need special seating accommodations, please call 530-898-6333. More information is available online at the School of the Arts website – www.csuchico.edu/soa - and Facebook page – www.facebook.com/ChicoStateSOA.

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Story by Tashia Jones, School of the Arts publicity assistant


About the Director

Megan Glynn Zollinger is an assistant professor of dance at California State University, Chico. She holds an MFA in dance from University of California, Irvine and a BA in dance from Chapman University. Some of her other accomplishments include writing, directing, and choreographing full-length production Addicted; choreographing world premiere play Eve's Rapture, written by Bryan Reynolds and directed by Robert Cohen; having an original dance piece, A Tearful View, chosen to represent UC Irvine at the California College Dance Invitational in 2009; and much more. She continues to teach and choreograph for commercial, concert, and theatrical dance all over the country.