Dance Students, Alumni to Tour NYC and Baltimore

Stephanie Thibeault, UALR Associate Professor of Dance, has choreographed and directed a new, five-piece work: “State of Being.” Her work will be showcased on a two-city tour, performed by a troupe of UALR students and alumni.

The troupe: Heidee Alsdorf, Elizabeth Hartzell, Ali Herring, Jessica Hyde, Danny Jimenez, Emily Karnes, Trent Montgomery, Olivia Perry, Rachel Powell, Sean Porter, and Blake Worthey, will all tour with Thibeault for two weeks in June. While on their tour, they will also take classes at various studios between performances.

Having received a UALR research grant to create the work, and an Arkansas Arts Council fellowship to promote the work, Thibeault was able to secure funding for most of the tour expenses. But the troupe is now looking to raise additional funds to cover travel expenses for the UALR students and alumni who will tour in New York City and Baltimore. All proceeds from these fundraisers go directly to support this tour.

This weekend on Saturday, June 1, from 4 to 6 p.m., the troupe will have an Origami Owl (O2) Jewelry Bar at the Rawn Home in Maumelle, AR at #6 Nicklaus Drive. This Saturday event is family-friendly and allows for moms (or others) to shop and mingle with the dancers while their children play and watch movies with supervision provided.

Then, Sunday, June, from 2 to 4 p.m. the troupe will have another O2 Jewelry Bar event at Joel’s Salon in Little Rock. The salon is located at 2300 Andover Ct in Pavilion Woods, directly behind Pavilion in the Park.

Online orders placed now through June 2 also support this project and can be placed at While the dancers would love to experience creating custom jewelry with attendants, they understand other engagements may make that impossible for this event.

Donations are also welcomed. For more information about the project or to make a gift to fund the dance tour, visit

Finally, you will be able to keep up with the dancers’ experiences here on our website! Throughout their rehearsals, fundraising, travel, and performances, the dancers will be writing blog entries, and sharing their photos and videos with us! More information to come.

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