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Marsh Lawn
One Woman, Too Much is an hour-long play about the juggling act of a single working mom. The play is written and produced by Ellen Margolis, the chair of the Pacific University Theatre & Dance Department. 
Chika Matsumoto '21
Chika Matsumoto '21 received the 2021 Outstanding Contributions to Student Life Award from Pacific University.
Leiana Petlewski '21
A dance and applied theatre double major, Leiana Petlewski '21 was selected as Pacific’s undergraduate valedictorian for May 2021 Commencement. She also was named the university’s Outstanding Senior in Applied Theatre (along with fellow graduate Julia Peterson ’21), Outstanding Senior in Dance, and Outstanding Senior in the Arts.
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.

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