The Youngstown State University Dance Ensemble will present its annual spring concert this weekend at Bliss Hall's Ford Theater.
Under the artistic direction of Christine Cobb, a faculty member in the department of theater and dance, the concert will showcase 26 students performing 12 dances in a variety of dance genres, including modern, ballet, ballroom and hip hop.
The program will feature "JTribute," a tribute to Justin Timberlake by senior Lee Beitzel, president of the dance ensemble; "Vestiges," a dance by senior Caty Moran that was inspired by a trip to a make shift civil war hospital in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; "Second Stars and Second Chances," choreographed by Joseph Alvey and inspired by "Peter Pan"; and "My Girls," by professional ballroom dancer and guest artist Alexey Kuprienko.
Other choreographers include Hayley Platt, Sara Haseley, Taryn Kerfoot, Alana Lesnansky, Rebecca VanVoorhis and Cobb.
Performers include Olivia Bartie, Savannah Lach, Alyssa Sikora, Krista Colarosa, Emily Shipley, Holly Vavlas, Joelle Ballone, Mira Mikan, Megan Cherol, Dawnelle Jewell, Nicolette Pizzuto, Kiara Jones, Naudya Bankston, Cameron Beebe, Brittney Grant, Nikita Jones, Alessandra Volpe, and Katie Jerome.
The YSU Dance Ensemble is a sanctioned student organization accepts members via an audition process in the fall term. Members practice weekly and hone their performance skills as well as their leadership skills.
Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in Ford Theater. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens, Penguin Club members and YSU faculty and staff. Seating is general admission, and tickets will be sold at the door before each performance.