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Hands on piano
We may find comfort and a restored sense of wonder in any of these forms of artistic expression.
Chika Matsumoto ’21 first started dancing because it’s what her friends were doing. But she never stopped. “It turned out to be a lifelong passion and hobby with me,” she said. “Dance has just been that one thing that stuck with me my entire life.”
Hilary Holtrop ’21 has a slightly different approach to dance than some of her peers. “I think what makes me different from a lot of people in the Pacific Dance Ensemble is that my go-to style is hip hop,” she said. “I like it because it’s exciting and in your face. I don’t think of myself as elegant and feminine.” But what she shares with many of her peers is finding an outlet and expression in dance.
Lianda Lonergan '21 is a member of the Pacific Dance Ensemble stying dance, exercise science and more, as she plans a career in physical therapy and preventative medicine for dancers.
Female dancer jumping in air
The Pacific University Theatre and Dance Department presents the Autumn Choreographers Concert in an exclusive online event, streaming Nov. 12-14. 
Abigail Schmidt performs with the Pacific Dance Ensemble from a distance
While Pacific University students were scattered this spring by the spread of COVID-19, many campus events were canceled, including the popular spring concert by the Pacific Dance Ensemble. Yet the dancing went on. Pacific Director of Dance Jennifer Camp, switching to virtual instruction, asked dancers to make videos of themselves performing aspects of choreography they’d learned. 
Kaylee Kimura '20 dancing
Kaylee Kimura '20 has been a part of Pacific's pre-professional dance company for four years. During this time, she has been selected by guest artists and faculty as a featured dancer and soloist in their works. She has proved herself to be a dedicated, driven, and hardworking student who has grown to be an accomplished dancer who moves with athleticism and grace.
Music student Leiana Petlewski playing the cello
A music scholarship at Pacific opened artistic doors for Leiana Petlewski ’21 and helped ignite her creative passion. She plays the cello in the symphonic orchestra and is a member of the dance ensemble. Now a junior, Petlewski is majoring in applied theatre and dance.
Shaun Keylock '15
Shaun Keylock '15 is developing a full-length work for White Bird, the dance advocacy group. He says Pacific supported his creativity.
Dance and symphony members
A play about gender shifting spanning centuries, fluid movement from choreographers, and the sounds of jazz, a choir, and “Amazing Grace.” These are just some of the highlights of Pacific University’s 2019 Fall Theatre, Dance and Concert Season.

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