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Dance students, left to right: Grace Scott’22, Quynn Evans’23, Julia Newmark’25, Millie Engstrom’24, Emma Logas’25, Charline Davis-Alicea’22, Emily O’Brien’22, Kelli Badgley’22, and Mateo Marek’24 in Berlin seeing the city

Dance students travel to Berlin for immersive dance study

On May 15, shortly after the 2022 commencement, nine dance students departed for Berlin, Germany to participate in a Beloit College Global Engagement Seminar of immersive dance study, creation and performance. The seminar was conceived of by dance professor Chris Johnson in collaboration with dance alum Zee Hartmann’04, and had been in the works since the fall of 2020. The long planning period was partly due to the extra travel restrictions COVID-19 had caused, but additionally they knew funding would be a challenge. Fortunately, the trip was made possible with the help of the Career Channels program (specifically the Arts Channel), the Global Experience Office, and alumna Nor Hall’69.

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Kelli Badgley’22, at center, performs in “Shedding,” a dance choreographed by Professor of Dance Chris Johnson and performed at Chelonia. Badgley is joined by fellow students Adrianna Terrell, left, and Charline Davis-Alicea.

Bringing creative vision to life

Through the dance program at Beloit, Kelli Badgley’22 has broadened her vision of what dance can be while fine-tuning her ability to bring a creative vision to life.

“My time at Beloit has taught me so much in and out of the classroom,” she says. “It’s a small school with so many incredible and invaluable opportunities.”

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Adanya Gilmore’21 performs in “Discontinuities,” part of the Chelonia 2021 Screendance Festival

Realizing the Power of Her Voice and Body

Adanya Gilmore can be described as many things: a Students for Inclusive Campus (SIC) club leader, a Virtual Ambassador, and an inspirational performer.

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Sage Green ’21 (right)

The Puppet Play

Sage Green ’21 brings theater to the community with “The Puppet Play,” a devised theater project they wrote and brought to life in collaboration with high school students.

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Britney Johnson’20

Britney Johnson recognized for academic achievements, dedication to community

An award named for Martha Peterson, Beloit’s 7th college president, has singled out one remarkable graduate each year since 1981.

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Gabe Gonzalez dancing for their dog Lucy on a balcony.

Separated, but Dancing Together

The Dance Entrepreneurship class curated a virtual dance festival featuring current Beloit students, alumni, and faculty during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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   Kerry Randazzo’20

Art in Service of a Greater Cause

Kerry Randazzo’20 combined his love of theatre arts with a major in environmental arts and communications. “I began to think more about my art and how it could best be put to use in service of a greater cause, with more focus on applying my performance art and costume design to get my audiences to engage with environmental issues.”

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Mya Hernandez’21 dancing.

Dancing Through Life

Mya Hernandez’21 brings dance to all aspects of her Beloit experience, from classes to extracurriculars to working off campus.

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With repurposed fabric, a strong sense of fashion, and a sewing machine, Qurat ul Ain’20 brought sustainable clothes and bags to Beloit to raise awareness about the waste of the fashion industry.

A Fashion Statement that Speaks Louder than Words

Qurat ul Aain’s interest in sustainable fashion led her to start a business with the support of Beloit’s Entrepreneurship Center and the Theatre Department’s Costume Shop.

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