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Page 8 The Tfumderbird Monday, February 13, 1984 For dancer Kay Andersen, lifes a hop, skip and jump by Laura Wearing Kay Andersen is always on his toes. The art of dance is one that requires of dedication and hard work many years in order to achieve the personal satisfaction of accomplishment as well as make others feel good through watching you perform, Andersen said. Inspired as a child, Kay Andersen has devoted his life to dancing. He became interested in dancing at the age of seven when some friends who were involved in a tap dance class encouraged him to try it. I couldnt believe how much I enjoyed it. Ive been involved in dance ever since, he said. Through Andersens interest in dance he met Burch Mann at a dance workshop she was teaching at Utah State University in Logan. Mann was impressed with Andersens dance talent and invited him to perform in Los Angeles with the American Folk Ballet. He has been performing in the organization on and off since 1977. Andersen remembers seeing the American Folk Ballet on the Ed Sullivan show when he was 1 years old. The show impressed me so much that I worked on my dancing harder than ever before. 1 never dreamed of meeting Mann or being involved in her dance company. Mann brought Andersen to SUSC in order to teach dance classes as a special instructor while finishing his education. Andersen said that Manns proposal was a good opportunity for me to finish my schooling as well as getting paid for what I enjoy doing. Mann had an idea to start a new dance program, one with a different style than what was already offered at SUSC. With the help of Andersen, they 1 ' established a new jazz dance class that would be taught in Spanish. However, the idea that the class would be taught in Spanish scared a lot of students off, so the program is taught both in Spanish and English with a Spanish-Lati- n atmosphere to add flavor to the class. The idea to teach the class was inspired by a dance instructor Andersen studied with in New York. The reason I based the class on my experience in New York is because it was the funnest Jazz class Id ever taken. It had an aura that gave a feeling of energy and vitality Andersen said. He is involved with both the American Folk Ballet as well as SUSC Dance Ensemble II. The major difference between the two groups is that the American Folk Ballet is made up of professional dancers and is a professional touring company while the Dance Ensemble is made up of advanced dance said Andersen. However, the sutdents, goal of the Dance Ensemble team is to get to the level where they can tour and represent the college. Andersens plans for the future include a professional career in dance, as well as teaching. He says he would also like to continue his travels and return to New York. I want to return to New York to get more dancing experience. Im not ready to settle down Ive just begun to dance. Andersen said. I will always be dancing in some aspect all my life. Id like to dance professionally until Im 40 and then teach in a studio somewhere, he said. "I find dancing challenging because I can see an ideal goal but I can never reach my ultimate goal, Andersen said. Kay No matter how good you are, you can life. always be better. Anderson reflects on dance as being the most important aspect of his Tieiffers People coming Feb. 15 Milsap to perform Take a telephone operator, Superman, a fairly friendly guy who just happens to live on the moon, and a manic depressive named, of all things, Bernard put them together and you have a production of F eiffers People. In an effort to raise funds for an educational tour of New York, members of the SUSC Drama club will present the Jules Feiffer piece under the direction of theatre arts major R. Troy Lunt. The production is scheduled for Feb. 1 Lunt was chosen to direct the production after directing a portion of the play last year for a class project. One of the reasons Lunt chose Feiffers People, has to do with his own personal reaction after reading the script. When I first read Feiffers People, I wondered if it was written about me. He adds, The show deals with everyday people who suffer different neuroses and how they deal with relationships. The play is packed full of fun and frivolity but if one comes looking for profound significance he will probably not leave disappointed. According to Lunt, there is deep n aning couched in humor. If you want to get something out of it you can, if not, just sit back and enjoy. The show features some rather amusingly bizarre design concepts. According to Lunt, the costumes are being done in early American polyester. I love tackiness because its so cheap. Todd B. Dayley is stage manager for the play and cast members include, Tad Williams, Mark Seedig, Phil Bushell, Daniel McVey, David Mills, Kammie McComb, Heather DeSart, Tiya Coleman, Paige White and Gayliene Crawford. Showtime begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall. All seats are $2.. There is a popular song by Ronnie Milsap entitled Theres a Stranger in my Flouse. Plans are being made to ensure that Milsap will be no stranger at our house. Concert coordinator Paul Ward explained that he has already received phone verification that Milsap has accepted the invitation to perform in concert at SUSC on April 9. Ward feared that Milsap was a performer that SUSC wouldnt be able to afford. We didnt talk price, Ward said, so I didnt think we could afford him. But the opportunity was there and we were looking for a good crossover artist. We called and found that the price was reasonable. Milsap has already verified by telephone that he will be present to entertain the SUSC audience in April. Written agreements have not yet been finalized, but Ward said he wanted to make people aware that plans were coming together. Arrangements are being made for tickets to go an sale in March. Prices are set at $13 for students and $14.50 for the general public.