Plastic Bathtub Toys part of Dance Ensemble’s spring concert

Performers in "Plastic Bathtub Toys" include Eri Raib (Octopus), Valerie Spano (Starfish), Jillian Billeck (Manta Ray), Kacy Standohar (Sea Horse) and Caty Moran (Crab). These performers will be dancing in the YSU Dance Ensemble's spring 2012 concert.

Performers in "Plastic Bathtub Toys" include Eri Raib (Octopus), Valerie Spano (Starfish), Jillian Billeck (Manta Ray), Kacy Standohar (Sea Horse) and Caty Moran (Crab).

The Youngstown State University Dance Ensemble presents its annual spring concert Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater.

Under the artistic direction of Christine Cobb, a faculty member in the YSU Department of Theater and Dance, the concert will showcase 13 dance pieces of modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and tap genres.

The YSU Dance Ensemble, a sanctioned student organization sponsored in part by Student Government, accepts members via an audition process during the fall semester. Members practice weekly and hone their performance skills as well as their leadership skills.

“The students who audition and are accepted into the YSU Dance Ensemble put countless hours into practicing their discipline,” Cobb said. “They also learn the basics of running a student organization since they must elect officers and participate in activities. The spring concert is the culmination of their year-long efforts.”

Many of the students’ works are choreographed by students of the bachelor’s program in Dance Management in the department of Theater and Dance.

Featured in the program is a theatrical piece choreographed by Cobb titled “PBT (Plastic Bathtub Toys) Ballet,” featuring 10 YSU students in a whimsical “water adventure” in the tub. Cobb collaborated with W. Rick Schilling, associate staff designer, who designed and executed the costumes. The original score for the piece was created by Andy Hasenpflug, resident staff accompanist at Slippery Rock University, and musicians with whom he collaborated on a disc entitled Divide by PI.

YSU student choreographers include Mandi Fetty, Kaitlyn Fabian, Caty Moran, Samantha Wilson, Amy Warner, Lee Beitzel, Malloree Miller and Erianne Raib.  Guest choreographer Melinda Planey rounds out the evening’s program with a modern trio she created for the concert.

Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, Penguin Club members, groups of 8 or more and YSU faculty and staff; and $3 for all students, including YSU students. Tickets may only be purchased at the door.