Friends University to present fall ballet with guest choreographers, Denise Celestin and Bethânia Gomes

Wichita, Kan. – Friends University will present the Fall Ballet, an evening emphasizing the power of collaboration. The performance will take place Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center.

The program opens with Three Mazurkas, a piece choreographed by guest choreographer, Denise Celestin. It will include a live performance of Chopin mazurkas played by Friends University piano professor, Jamie Knight. Professor Celestin has served as a dance professor at Wichita State University Dance program for over 20 years.

Former prima ballerina and current teacher at Dance Theater of Harlem, Bethânia Gomes, will also choreograph a piece for the show.

For the Sunday matinee, we will be honored with a performance by the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company (RKDC). Through the vision of Artistic Director Regina Klenjoski, the company creates original dance works that feature collaborations with cutting-edge composers and theatrical artists.

“We are excited to share with you the power of individuals coming together with a passion for their art and the commitment to lead and nurture the future generation of artists in this nation,” said Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre director of ballet.

Ticket prices for the Fall Ballet are $12 for adults and $9 for students and seniors (60-plus).

For more information on this event or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.

Fall Ballet