YSU Dance troupe sets spring concert

The Youngstown State University Dance Ensemble will present its annual spring concert tonight for the first of three performances

Under the artistic direction of Christine Cobb, faculty member in the department of theater and dance, the concert will showcase 37 students performing 12 dances in a variety of genres, including jazz, tap, modern, musical theater and hip hop.

The YSU Dance Ensemble is a sanctioned student organization that accepts members via an audition process in the fall term. Members practice weekly and hone their performance skills as well as their leadership skills.

According to Cobb, “The students who audition and are accepted into the YSU Dance Ensemble put countless hours into practicing their discipline. 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 works performed are choreographed by students of the BA in dance management major.

The program will include a tribute to the choreographer Bob Fosse choreographed by senior Kayla Boye and a musical finale featuring music from “Hairspray,” choreographed by 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.

Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater. Tickets 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 available at the door.