Mirror ball trophy is up for grabs in K-State dancefest

Ben Hopper

By A Contributor

Check out the sequence, spray tans, and hip-shaking action as seven K-State stars compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy in Season 4 of Dancing with the K-State Stars.

The cast of K-State students and staff have been rehearsing a routine for the past several weeks with a professional dance instructor. Routines range from the waltz to salsa and west coast swing to Latin hip hop. Tonight, they square off to see who has the best moves.

The cast includes Alex Abendschein, departmental initiatives assistant coordinator for K-State Housing and Dining and volunteer firefighter; Sophia Dongilli, College of Arts and Sciences student senator and Union Governing Board vice president; Trevor McCarty, Mortar Board president; K-State volleyball defensive specialist and libero Tristan McCarty; Bill Smriga, K-State Student Union director; Student Body President Nate Spriggs; and Phillicia Thomas, K-State student ambassador.

The professionals include Tanniqua-Kay Buchanan, Cari Chestnut, Karla Camacho-Godoy, Janet Galloway, Damien Thompson, Chris Zimmerman and Alex Zolnerowich. There will be a special performance by Kyle Landau and Meghan Rush. Last year, Landau led K-State volleyball standout Kathleen Ludwig to first place. This year, he is teaming up with Rush for a disco performance.

The competition starts at 7 p.m. tonight in McCain Auditorium. Tickets for the show are free, but required to enter. The box office will be open 90 minutes before the show.

Here’s a look at other area events:


Beach Museum of Art Artist Talk: Earl Iversen, 5:30 p.m. Iversen will share his photography techniques. Iversen, associate professor of photography emeritus, University of Kansas, is the 2012 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art gift print artist.

Music by Tommy Lee 6:30 p.m. at Little Grill.

TALK Program: “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelo, 7 p.m. The Manhattan Library Association will offer a four-part book discussion series January through April entitled “African-American Perspectives.” Groesbeck Meeting Room.

K-State Music Department presents guest artist Bertrand Giraud, piano, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

K-State Ebony Theatre present “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” by Lynn Nottage, 7:30 p.m. through Saturday. Tickets: $4 students, $7 general public. Purchase tickets at the McCain Box Office, by phone at (785) 532-6428 or visit online at Additional fees will apply. Purple Masque Theatre, East Stadium.

Thursday Starts the Weekend, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Bowling and billiards specials. K-State Student Union Recreation.



K-State English Department presents Poetry on Poyntz, 7 p.m. Join English Department faculty and students in creative writing as they read from their work. Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Poyntz Avenue.

Manhattan Arts Center presents “The Graduate,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also March 1-4. Not suitable for children. For tickets and information, visit or call (785) 537-4420. Manhattan Arts Center.

UPC Film: “The Muppets,” 8 p.m. for $2. Also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. K-State Student Union Forum Hall.

K-State After Hours: Grocery Bingo, 9 p.m.-midnight. Play bingo, win groceries. K-State Student Union Courtyard.

Three of a Kind, 9 p.m. Blackstone Tavern.

Rock’It Bowl, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Bowling and billiards specials. K-State Student Union Recreation.



Manhattan Area Garden Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Also noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Free garden show with vendors and hourly educational seminars. For information, call (785) 537-6350 or visit Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park.

K-State men’s basketball vs. Iowa State, 12:30 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum.

Opening receptions for local artist Spencer Lawson and Dare to Care for Wounded Warriors exhibits, 4-6 p.m. The galleries are free and open to the public from noon-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit will be on display through April 7. For more information, call (785) 537-4420 or visit us at Manhattan Arts Center.



Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon. Bluestem Bistro.

Read to Dogs, 2-4 pm. Read to a certified therapy dog. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library, Storytime Room.

Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.

McCain Performance Series presents Doc Severinsen and His Big Band, 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (785) 532-6428 or visit McCain Auditorium.

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