Goessel native to receive Bethel award

Goessel native Katrina Toews will come home to Kansas and Bethel College as this year?s Young Alumnus Award speaker, March 29

Toews, a graduate of Goessel High School, Bethel College and American University, has been the director of The Washington Ballet@THEARC in Washington, D.C., since 2005.

THEARC stands for Town Hall Education, Arts & Recrea?tion Campus. The Washington School of Ballet has a satellite campus there, in the Anacostia neighborhood in southeast D.C.

Prior to accepting her award and speaking in convocation at Bethel College Monday, March 29, she, two of her fellow dance teachers and five students will have a full weekend of dance, concluding with a performance Sunday evening on Bethel?s campus in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center.

Teachers Paula Brown and Margaret Giragosian (Maggie) Williamson and five middle school-age intermediate students of TWB@THEARC will accompany Toews.

Brown and Williamson will both teach master classes at Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts in downtown Newton?Brown in modern dance 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, and Williamson in ballet 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 28.

The classes are free and open to the public, with more information available from BCAPA at 316-283-4902 or dbielek8@sbcglobal.net.

Toews will teach a master class at the Wichita Ballet?s Nancy Hervey School of Dance, and on Sunday, students and teachers are invited to participate in a master class with dancers of the Wichita Ballet, taught by a member of the Houston Ballet.

The public is invited to hear Toews speak on ?Leaps and Bounds: From Goessel, Kan., to Washington, D.C.,? at 11 a.m. Monday, March 29, in Krehbiel Auditorium.

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