ESU University Dance Company to Present Spring Performances

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The spring performance of the University Dance Company (UDC) of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) will be held on April 25-27, 2013.  This show will include a variety of styles of dance, including: jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. Student choreographers include: Jaide Grim, Emily Hassinger, Deanna Vazzano, Nikolette Volpe, Joslyn Williams and Michelle Zbinden.  Additional choreographers this year include Elizabeth Gibbons, Ph.D., a professor in the ESU Department of Movement Activities and Lifetime Fitness, and Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty, an adjunct professor in that department.  Guest choreographers include Jacqueline Perna.

The shows will be held at 7 p.m. at the Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts (located in the circle in the front of campus) on Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday.  Admission is $4 for students, children, and senior citizens, $6 for ESU faculty and staff, and $8 for the general public.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Returning members include: Nicole Brusca, a sophomore from Middletown, N.Y., majoring in sport management; Katie Constantine, a freshman from East Stroudsburg, Pa., majoring in early childhood/special education; Deven Dan, a sophomore from Bushkill, Pa., majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-physical therapy; Jessica Gigantino, a freshman from Mt. Ephraim, N.J., majoring in early childhood/special education; Brooke Grim, a sophomore from Fleetwood, Pa., majoring in early childhood and elementary education; Jaide Grim, a senior from Fleetwood, Pa., majoring in elementary education; Emily Hassinger, a sophomore from Collegeville, Pa., majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism management; Karla Huyett, a sophomore from Quakertown, Pa., majoring in rehabilitative services; Kaitlyn Kessler, a sophomore from Tucson, Ariz., majoring in business management; Jessica McClure, a freshman from Fairless Hills, Pa., majoring in nursing; Kimberly Rittel, a sophomore from Mechanicsburg, Pa., majoring in social work; Kate Siley, a freshman from Philadelphia, Pa.,  majoring in social work;  Emily Tankel, a sophomore from Philadelphia, Pa., majoring in social work; Deanna Vazzano, a sophomore from Budd Lake, N.J., majoring in French and Spanish; Nikolette Volpe, a junior from Sicklerville, N.J., majoring in elementary/special education; and Michelle Zbinden, a sophomore from Milford, Pa., majoring in social work.

New members to the company include: Courtney Bush, a sophomore from New Hartford, Conn., majoring in media communications and technology.

Members in the dance minor include Brusca, Dan, Hassinger, Rittel, Vazzano, Jade Grim and Zbinden

For more information about this event, please contact Dr. Gibbons at 570-422-3331 or by email at