Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Department of Theatre and Dance presents its annual Fall Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 4-6, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in Chakeres Memorial Theatre, 909 Woodlawn Ave. Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Shih-Ming Li Chang, the concert includes 11 dance performances from a variety of genres, ranging from Jamaican-inspired hip-hop to modern ballroom dance.
The dance pieces scheduled to be performed are mostly original works choreographed by students, Chang and guest choreographer Sarah Hixon, artistic director of Hixon Dance in Columbus. Student choreographers for the concert include:
Jacquie Alexander, class of 2013 from Eastampton, N.J.;
Secree Dawes, class of 2013 from Brooklyn, N.Y.;
Ryann Greenberg, class of 2012 from Carmel, Ind.;
Chris Jones, class of 2010 from Middletown, Ohio;
Emily Kula, class of 2012 from Medina, Ohio;
Cathryn Kurzawa, class of 2012 from Granville, Ohio;
Maggie Muir, class of 2011 from Canton, Ohio; and
Mandy Spellman, class of 2010 from New Carlisle.
Hixon has more than 20 years of experience in dance, including performing, choreographing and teaching. She has received professional and pre-professional training with the Fairfax Ballet, Washington Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, BalletMet Columbus and American Repertory Theatre.
All of the student choreographers are performing in the concert, in addition to the following dancers:
Lindgren Carson, class of 2011 from Poland, Ohio;
Annie Clevidence, class of 2014 West Chester, Ohio;
Kathryn Delbello, class of 2014 from Fort Wayne, Ind.;
Alyssa Hamilton, class of 2013 from Parker, Colo.;
Brandia Hayes, class of 2014 from Reynoldsburg, Ohio;
Lauren Hura, class of 2012 from Upper Arlington, Ohio;
Stacey Jacobs, class of 2014 from Howard, Ohio;
Katherine Kiedaisch, class of 2013 from Cleveland, Ohio;
Carolanne Layman, class of 2014, from Bexley, Ohio;
Alyssa Michaud, class of 2013 from Westlake, Ohio;
Deanna Mychalishyn, class of 2014 from Mason, Ohio;
Nicole Niese, class of 2011 from Fort Wayne, Ind.;
Courtney Resetar, class of 2011 from Pittsburgh, Pa.;
Katharine Ritzi, class of 2013 from Beavercreek, Ohio;
Courtney Sumner, class of 2012 from Cincinnati, Ohio;
Mary Swoyer, class of 2013 from Shillington, Pa.;
Elizabeth Tackett, class of 2012 from Barberton, Ohio;
Courtney Tobler-Sutton, class of 2014 from Columbus, Ohio
Meredith Troy, class of 2013 from Marysville, Ohio;
Anna VonderEmbse, class of 2012 from Ottawa, Ohio;
Meredith Wells, class of 2014 from Findlay, Ohio;
Chelsey Williams, class of 2013 from Fort Wayne, Ind.;
Brittany Wozniak, class of 2013 from Sandusky, Ohio; and
Briana Yarbrough, class of 2013 from Columbus, Ohio.
Admission is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the service desk in the Benham-Pence Student Center any time or at the Chakeres Memorial Theatre box office one hour before each performance. The Department of Theatre and Dance is offering one free ticket to students, faculty, staff and retirees with a valid Wittenberg I.D. For ticket reservations, call 937-327-7443.
Written By: Samantha Kimm ’11