Spring Dance Concert Features Inlet Dance Theatre as well as Student Performers

Annual performance to be held April 16-18 at The College of Wooster’s Freedlander Theatre

24 March, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio, — The Department of Theatre and Dance and The College of Wooster Dance Company welcomes Inlet Dance Theatre of Cleveland for its annual spring concert April 16-18 in Freedlander Theatre (329 E. University St.). Performances, which begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening, will also feature five choreographers and 20 dancers from the College. Tickets are $9 for general admission and $6 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and non-College of Wooster students (Wooster students are admitted free of charge with COW card).

The program consists of seven works, beginning with "Pulse," which was choreographed by junior Emily Baird and showcases the talents of seniors Ellen Boyd and Noël Mellor, junior Zoe Cunningham-Cook, sophomores Taryn Szalay and Tali Westreich, and first-year Emma Woods, as well as senior lighting designer Sidney Martin.

Up next is "50 Years of Wading Section II," choreographed by sophomore Emerald Rutledge, and featuring poems written and performed by junior Caira Lee and sophomore Jahqwahn Watson, as well as dancers Gabrielle Croes, a sophomore, and Georgina Legierski, a junior, along with Rutledge, and vocals by junior Nariah Francis and Rutledge.

The third piece is titled "Walls," choreographed by sophomore Maria Witt, with dancers Anna Fleming, a senior, as well as Meredith Bruch, Sophia Anderson, and Jena Styka, all first-year students, and lighting designer Emi Donato, a junior, followed by "How to be a Lady," which is choreographed by junior Bridget Brately, with performances by Bruch, Cunningham-Cook, and Westreich along with senior Holly Hickman, and first-years Kimi McBryde, Emily Neill, Jordan Ouellette, William Stevenson, and light design by Baird.

Also on the program are "Countdown to Never," choreographed by Donato with performances by Anderson, Neill, Rutledge, and sophomores Linnea Johnson and Jenna Taira, and lighting design by sophomore Joy Yoo and first-year Helen Rooker, and "Luminescence," choreographed by Kim Tritt, professor of theatre and dance at Wooster, and showcasing the talents of Baird, Croes, Donato, Witt, and sophomore Alanna Edmonds, as well as costume designer Charlene Gross.

In addition, Bill Wade, founder and director of Inlet Dance Theatre, in collaboration with Joshua Brown, Kenaniah Bystrom, and Justin Stentz, and spotlighting dancers Joshua Brown and Dominic Moore-Dunson as well as composer Ryan Lott, will present "A Close Shave." The content of this work centers on the idea of a man confronting and wrestling with the proverbial man staring back at him every morning in the mirror. It was inspired by the book, Man in the Mirror, by Patrick Morley.

Inlet Dance Theatre is one of Northeast Ohio's most exciting professional modern dance companies. Its mission is to create and perform innovative dance and movement theatre at a high level of artistry, speak creatively about human life issues, and bring about personal development in the lives of individuals through training and mentoring. Founded in 2001, Inlet embodies Wade's longstanding belief that dance viewing, training, and performing experiences serve as tools to bring about personal growth and development.

The impact of Inlet's award-winning collaborative artistic staff has grown to international recognition for performing and educating excellence. The company's concerts, creative services for corporate and private special events, and education programming currently reaches local, national, and international markets.

Additional information about the spring dance concert is available by phone (330-263-2241) or e-mail.