Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024

Come out and support West Chester University’s very own University Dance Company in their annual spring dance concert from April 21-23. The show will be presented by the Theater and Dance Department at WCU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts at Madeleine Wing Alder Theater.

This year’s spring concert is titled “Unframed Art” and is sure to be an extraordinary show with something for everyone to enjoy. “Unframed Art” offers a variety of dance styles including, hip-hop, contemporary, tap and even musical theater.

Most of the dancers in the concert are studying as dance minors in hopes of launching a professional career upon graduating.

The University Dance Company has been working hard all semester long, enduring an audition process, countless rehearsals and late nights in the studio in order to ensure “Unframed Art” goes off without a hitch. So come out and acknowledge all of these dedicated dancers’ hard work. This concert consists of work created by both faculty and student choreographers.

The talented faculty choreographers include Gretchen Studlien-Webb, Maria Urrutia and Liz Staruch. Among the student choreographers, there are both dance and theater minors. The student choreographers include Nia Andrews, Chelsea Barnett, Courtney Byrne, Danielle Hetherington, Darius Johnson, Jenica Narducci, Mary Weese and Kelsey Zolochik.

None of these pieces could be brought to life on stage so well without the incredible lighting design by Jon DeGaetano. His lighting design compliments the dancers and makes the choreographers’ dreams a reality.

“Unframed Art” officially debuts to the public on Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. However, there is a special student preview night on Thursday, April 21 at 8 p.m. for students to enjoy the show. Tickets are half price for WCU students on Thursday, costing only $6. Just make sure to bring your student ID along.

If you cannot make the student preview showing, no worries. The show will also be presented twice on Saturday, April 23, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 8 p.m.

All of these performances will be held in the remarkable Madeleine Wing Alder Theater in the Swope Music Building located on 817 South High Street.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances will cost $12 for students and $15 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased prior to the show either online at or at the box office located on the ground floor of the E.O. Bull Center. Tickets will also be available for purchase before the performances at the box office outside of Madeleine Wing Alder Theater.

This is a great pre-professional opportunity for the student choreographers and the performers in the concert. So come and indulge yourself in the art of dance. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Sadie Markley is a third-year student majoring in English writings with a minor in dance. Contact them at

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