Lied Across Kansas

The 2016–17 Lied Across Kansas program turned out to be fantastic! Erik Kaiel and Joseph Simon, of Arch 8, took their wonderful form of dance and movement to our partner communities of Sabetha, Salina, Russell and Hays. Among many, many other activities, Erik and Joseph gave master classes for dance students in Russell, taught a 6th grade PE class and were the halftime entertainment at the varsity boys’ basketball game in Sabetha. The duo presented a movement class to over 20 preschoolers, then gave a class to gymnastics students at the Hays recreation center. And to complete their whirlwind tour of Kansas, they performed for a packed audience at the Lied Center.


  • Presented classes at Wetmore Elementary and Sabetha Elementary
  • Presentation for Sabetha Middle School
  • Performed No Man is an Island for halftime of the varsity boys’ basketball game


  • Worked with 8th grade PE class
  • Mini performance of No Man is an Island for all middle school students
  • Worked with 7th grade PE class
  • Met with MS and HS performance students to discuss what it takes to be a professional artist
  • Presented a workshop for local dance students, plus No Man is an Island performance


  • Presented an activity with preschool students at Hays Recreation Center
  • Worked with gymnastics students and No Man is an Island performance

Salina Area

  • Worked with Elle-Saline USD 307 3rd and 4th grader students
  • Presented a workshop for local dance students and performed No Man is an Island at a theatre in Salina

Preview of 2017–18 Lied Across Kansas Experience

This season, Paige Hernandez will be sharing an innovative fusion of poetry, hip-hop, dance and education with Kansans. The week prior to her performance at the Lied Center (Oct. 9–13), Paige will travel to meet with community members in Hays, Russell, Sabetha and the Salina area. She will return to Lawrence to perform her new work, All the Way Live! at the Lied Center on Saturday, October 14, 7:00 pm.

Paige is a master teaching artist and has taught throughout the country, to all ages in all disciplines. To date, she has reached approximately 10,000 students from Pre-K through college level in over 100 residencies, workshops and performances. The Huffington Post also named Paige a “classroom hero” because of her outstanding arts integration and work with STEM initiatives. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and is a critically acclaimed director and dancer. Paige’s choreography has been seen all over the world, most notably at Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center and at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

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