UT Leaps into Spring with Dance Concert Feb. 16-18

Published: Feb 2, 2012
The University of Tampa will present its popular annual Spring Dance Concert at 8 p.m. on Feb. 16-18. There will be an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18. The event will be held at UT’s Falk Theatre and is free and open to the public.

The Spring Dance Concert will feature choreography by UT faculty and guest artists, with performances by UT students. Dance styles include ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and tap.

Highlights include a piece combining traditional East and West African movement with modern dance by UT adjunct professor of dance Susannah LeMarquand; a ballet based on a staging of Tai Chi Chuan 24 Forms by former Chicago Lyric Opera dancer Bill Philin Ploplis; and a contemporary dance by UT adjunct professor of dance Ya-Ju Lin set to an original score, “Celestial Mechanics,” composed by UT assistant professor of music Bradford Blackburn. Linda Lopez, a UT adjunct professor of dance, will reprise her popular Broadway “spectacle” featuring numbers from popular Broadway shows. Florida Dance Theatre and Patel Conservatory dancer/teacher Glynn Owens promises some surprises with his contemporary piece, which includes music by Two Steps from Hell.

“The diversity of the Spring Dance Concert is its great strength,” said Susan Taylor Lennon, professor of speech, theatre and dance. “We feature a broad range of dance styles and choreographers, and our students are from a wide range of cultural backgrounds as well. This concert is a feast for dance lovers, or even people just wanting a taste of dance.”

For more information, contact Lennon at (813) 257-3745.