The Youngstown State University Dance Ensemble presents its annual spring concert Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 2, 3 and 4 in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater on the YSU campus.
Under the artistic direction of Christine Cobb, a faculty member in the YSU Department of Theater and Dance, the concert showcases 37 students performing a dozen dances in a variety of genres, including jazz, tap, modern, musical theater and hip hop.
Highlights of the program include a tribute to the choreographer Bob Fosse, choreographed by senior Kayla Boye, and a musical finale featuring music from Hairspray, choreographed by graduating senior Malloree Miller. Dinosauria, choreographed by Courtney Blackann, is a whimsical look at the past lives of dinosaurs. Other choreographers include Hayley Platt, Valerie Spano, Jillian Billeck, Kacy Standohar, Caty Moran, Joelle Ballone, Mandi Fetty and Lee Beitzel.
Tickets are $10. Tickets are $5 for students, senior citizens, Penguin Club members, groups of eight or more and YSU faculty and staff. Season ticket coupons will be honored. The concert features general admission seating, thus there are no advance ticket sales. Tickets may only be purchased at the door.
The YSU Dance Ensemble, a sanctioned student organization, accepts members via an audition process in the fall semester. Members practice weekly and hone their performance and leadership skills. “The students who audition and are accepted 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 of arts in Dance Management major in the Department of Theater and Dance.