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Seton Hill University's Theatre and Dance Program will present “Dance Spectrum” May 3-5, 2013 at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, William Granger Ryan Theatre. Tickets are $16, with student and group rates available. Call the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center Box Office for tickets at 724-552-2929 or purchase tickets here.


Performances: Friday, May 3, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.


“Dance Spectrum” presents a variety of choreographic styles, from ballet to modern to Broadway and features solo, duet and ensemble numbers. Pieces include: Tristan and Isolde, based on the original Celtic legend of two doomed lovers; Inseparable, which explores the meaning of the word; Long Day Out, featuring three friends who have spent the day out having fun and are at a bus stop waiting to go home; I am Strong, developed in conjunction with representatives from the American Cancer Society, student dancers and choreographer, TaMara Swank; In a Glade, a solo performance to a Ukrainian folk song; and Storm; Uncaged, Amore; Day of Sun; Unity and Elements, which were created by guest choreographer Kenneth Nickel.


The Seton Hill student company of “Dance Spectrum” includes dancers Brittney Anderson of Waveland, Miss., Victoria Bittner of Greensburg, Pa., Nicole Burdick of Coudersport, Pa., Rachel Friend of Franklin, Tenn., Kelsey Greco of Beaver Falls, Pa., Tyler Kluck of Pittsburgh, Pa., Rachael Kopetsky of Latrobe, Pa., Elisa Kostelnik of North Huntingdon, Pa., Hannah Lamberto of Cranberry Township, Pa., Julie Longwell of Moon Township, Pa., Jenna Luczka of Connellsville, Pa., Michele Mellick of Pittsburgh, Pa., Anna McDunn of Allison Park, Pa., Kathleen Montefiori of North East, Pa., Ashley Novak of Uniontown, Pa., Kate O’Neill of Cranberry Township, Pa., Ben Otto of Mt. Holly Springs, Pa., Joanna Pichardo of Lincroft, N.J., Katelynn Reist of Cleona, Pa., Peggy Ann Shaffer of Latrobe, Pa., Sara Smith of Greensburg, Pa., William Smolter of Glenshaw, Pa., Leanna Stewart of Lower Burrell, Pa., Chelsi Swank of McKeesport, Pa., Katie Vercek of Canonsburg, Pa., Selena Vinciguerra of East Pittsburgh, Pa., and Courtney Woodhall of New Kensington, Pa. Student musicians are: Layne Bailey of Wexford, Pa, as vocalist and dresser, Julia Bradbury of Swedesboro, N.J., on flute, Christian Comm of Greensburg, Pa., on trombone, LeNora Gray of Greensburg, Pa., on French horn, Stephen Harvey of Rochester, Pa., on clarinet and Anna Provo of Charlton, Mass., on percussion and arrangement.


The Seton Hill student production and technical staff includes Candace Butala of Charleroi, Pa., as hair crew, Joshua Daisley of Kittanning, Pa., as assistant stage manager, Gabriella DeCarli of DuBois, Pa., as dresser, Rebecca Decowsky of Dallastown, Pa., as body paint crew, Caitlin Dobronz of Pittsburgh, Pa., as house manager, Tyler Kluck of Pittsburgh, Pa., as assistant lighting designer, Andrew Kutrufis of Pittsburgh, Pa., as shop carpenter and body paint crew, Brittany Lamb of Suffolk, Va., as stage manager, Nikki Makos of Coplay, Pa., as props manager and sound board operator, Jayme Martin of McAlisterville, Pa, as dresser, Haley Mendola of Monongahela, Pa., as dresser, Amber Palfy of McKees Rocks, Pa., as wardrobe manager, Katelynn Reist of Cleona, Pa., as dresser, Kelsey Riker of Douglassville, Pa., as assistant stage manager, Becky Schirf of Blandburg, Pa., as light board operator, William Smolter of Glenshaw, Pa., as wardrobe prep manager, and Veronica Vento of West Homestead, Pa., as hair manager.


“Dance Spectrum” is choreographed by TaMara Swank, assistant professor, dance, and Stefan Zubal, assistant professor, dance. They are joined by guest choreographer Kenneth Nickel, a Pittsburgh native, who has been a principal dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and the Dallas Ballet Company.

Nickel has worked as artistic director of Ballet Orlando as well as artistic director of Performing Arts at LaRoche College, where he implemented a six-week intensive professional summer dance program as well as a summer dance festival. Nickel has also worked at California University of Pennsylvania and Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, Pa., where he created and developed an Associate’s Degree in Dance Education in conjunction with the Community College of Beaver County.


Seton Hill University technical staff for the production includes Ken Clothier, assistant professor, theatre, lighting designer and sound designer; Joe Domencic, adjunct faculty, theatre, pianist; Vincent Lobello, technical director; Susan O’Neill, instructor, theatre, costume designer, and Stefan Zubal, assistant professor, dance, lighting designer.