Kay Andersen Taps into Retirement with 42nd Street at SUU

Published: April 11, 2019 | Author: Ashley H Pollock | Read Time: 2 minutes

Kay AndersenAfter 22 years as Professor of Dance at SUU, Kay Andersen says goodbye to the faculty, staff, and students. As his last big event, Andersen is choreographing the classic tap dance musical 42nd Street for the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at SUU. This show is the perfect production to end his teaching career on with his extensive knowledge of tap.

Set to retire after commencement, Andersen will embark on countless adventures. Kay is known for his outstanding ability to incorporate tap dancing into everything. The story is told that a young Andersen was found tap dancing on top of a cow at the family farm in Cache Valley, Utah.

Andersen said, “When it came time to transition from professional dancing to teaching I knew there was not a better place suited for me than here at SUU, my alma mater. The opportunities for collaboration, especially with my dear friend and colleague Shauna Mendini, have been beyond anything I thought possible. I have loved seeing students come and go, feeling fortunate to be a tiny part of their creative paths. I have so enjoyed my relationships with them, even now as friends and alumni. This has been the greatest gift.”

Shauna Mendini, Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts, shared, “Over 20 years ago, Professor Kay Andersen was interviewed for a position at SUU from where he stood in a phone booth on the streets of New York City. Hiring Kay was the best decision I have made during my time at SUU. He is respected, appreciated and loved by students, faculty and staff, Kay will be deeply missed.”

Rhett Guter, former student and now professional actor, director, and choreographer, recalled, “The thing I remember the most was when Kay jumped into a piece that I had choreographed. I was amazed that, despite being his student, he instantly endowed me with the role of choreographer, throwing himself into the dance with no pretense. It was an invaluable lesson in collaboration.”

Kay’s great smile, spirit, and light that he brought to the University will be forever remembered. The College of Performing and Visual Arts is grateful for his hard work, dedication, and service to Southern Utah University. We love you, Kay!

Don’t miss Andersen’s wonderful choreography in SUU’s production of 42nd Street happening April 12, 13, 15, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13, 20 at 2:00 p.m.

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