Ballet, tap, contemporary jazz and modern are among the dance genres featured in the Youngstown State University Dance Ensemble’s 24th annual spring concert Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 16, 17 and 18 in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater on the YSU campus.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or at www.ysu.tix.com. Tickets are $5 for non-YSU students, senior citizens, Penguin Club members, groups of eight or more and YSU faculty and staff. YSU student ticket prices are $3. Season ticket coupons will be honored. Parking is available in the M1 Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.
Under the artistic direction of Christine Cobb, a faculty member in the Department of Theater and Dance, the concert features 11 dances showcasing 31 performers.
The YSU Dance Ensemble, a sanctioned YSU student organization, accepts members via an audition process in the Fall semester. Members practice weekly. “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 in the bachelor of arts in Dance Management major in the Department of Theater and Dance.
Choreographers have examined a myriad of historical events and life experiences, both past and present, in many of the featured pieces and centered on the Holocaust, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in New Orleans, the co-existence and interfacing of technology and the human workforce, the rise and fall of the Youngstown steel industry, and a piece based upon the movie For Colored Girls.
Student choreographers include Jillian Billeck, Kiara Jones, Alana Lesnansky, Nicolette Pizzuto, Alyssa Sikora, Taryn Kerfoot, Rebecca VanVoorhis and Holly Vavlas. Guest choreographers and dancers include Lindsay Renae, adjunct YSU faculty member and former principle with Garth Fagan’s Dance Company, who choreographed a modern/Afro-Caribbean fusion dedicated to her grandfather and the spirit of progress in the 21st century, and Hayley Platt and Elena Cvetkovich, co- founders and artistic directors of Youngstown Dance Project. They choreographed a piece entitled “Shadows of the Steel City” in which they will also dance. YSU alumni Paul Miletta and Shannon Eller round out the evening’s guest performances dancing a duet choreographed by Mr. Miletta.
For a list of YSU students performing in the concert, visit http://ysu.meritpages.com/achievements/Youngstown-State-University-students-perform-in-Dance-Ensemble-concert/39182.