Friday, March 04, 2016
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “I couldn’t be happier (about the new studio),” Chair Todd Roehrman said. “It’s a wonderful celebration of a space that’s long overdue, it’s not only a studio for dance classes, but it’s going to be a rehearsal space for plays and musicals.” During the ceremony, students presented both personally choreographed and instructor-inspired routines. Meagan Wells and Adrienne Ulang opened the ceremony with an emotionally charged piece titled “A.W.A.O.O.H (the healing ritual)” which highlighted the issues surrounding the water crisis in Flint Michigan. The ceremony also highlighted Susan Whipp, a faculty emerita of dance from SF State who has set up a scholarship fund. The Susan Whipp Dance Legacy Scholarship started as a $1,000 award to one student per year in the dance department. “It’s for a top-notch student who’s strong academically and strong creatively,” Whipp said.