ONU Showcase puts dance in spotlight


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Guest choreographer Nathan Andary works with student performers for Ohio Northern University’s Choreographers’ Showcase.

Guest choreographer Nathan Andary works with student performers for Ohio Northern University’s Choreographers’ Showcase.


Courtesy of Freed Center for the Performing Arts

Abigail Long, (left) a sophomore musical theater major with minors in dance and administration from Medina, and Molly Van Gorp, (right) a freshman nursing major and dance minor from Powell rehearse for Ohio Northern University’s Choreographers’ Showcase.

Abigail Long, (left) a sophomore musical theater major with minors in dance and administration from Medina, and Molly Van Gorp, (right) a freshman nursing major and dance minor from Powell rehearse for Ohio Northern University’s Choreographers’ Showcase.


Courtesy of Freed Center for the Performing Arts

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The Choreographers’ Showcase Spring Dance Performance

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Biggs Theatre, Freed Center for the Performing Arts, 525 S. Main St., Ada

TICKETS: Students $5, seniors $10, adults $20 at 419-772-1900, www.onu.edu or box office.

ADA — Ohio Northern University’s Choreographers’ Showcase will allow members all across the community to come together to celebrate 25 years of dance performances on campus.

The showcase will feature nine pieces all done by Ohio dancers, both on- and off-campus. Audience members will see a variety of dance styles from ballet to modern dance. Whatever your taste, Theatre Arts Department Chair Laurie Bell said the event is special.

“Part of having all of these choreographers is that it provides our students with all new and different experiences to expand their education,” Bell said.

Along with bringing choreographers from across the state, the showcase is also attracting the help of multiple ONU alumni in multiple ways. About 20 alumni will be performing with the current students, and others will be assisting with the show behind the scenes.

“It’s just such a joy and a privilege that these people would take time away from their families and work to be here,” Bell said. “Some have been even working on the dances remotely. We’ve sent them video of the dances, but we won’t even see them until Saturday. The fact that they would invest their time and money for this, it’s a big ask. I’m amazed.”

The show, however, is not just for the enjoyment of current and past students.

“I hope the university is very proud of what they offer not only our students, but the community, because the Freed Center provides some really high quality, wonderful performances and experiences to anybody,” Bell said.

Because ONU only offers dance as a minor program, the performers, dating back as far as the class of 2000, will be professionals from their respective fields in not only theater, but also engineering, business and medicine, to name a few.

Guest choreographer Nathan Andary works with student performers for Ohio Northern University’s Choreographers’ Showcase.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/01/web1_crop-2.jpgGuest choreographer Nathan Andary works with student performers for Ohio Northern University’s Choreographers’ Showcase. Courtesy of Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Abigail Long, (left) a sophomore musical theater major with minors in dance and administration from Medina, and Molly Van Gorp, (right) a freshman nursing major and dance minor from Powell rehearse for Ohio Northern University’s Choreographers’ Showcase.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/01/web1_ONUShowcase3.jpgAbigail Long, (left) a sophomore musical theater major with minors in dance and administration from Medina, and Molly Van Gorp, (right) a freshman nursing major and dance minor from Powell rehearse for Ohio Northern University’s Choreographers’ Showcase. Courtesy of Freed Center for the Performing Arts

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The Choreographers’ Showcase Spring Dance Performance

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Biggs Theatre, Freed Center for the Performing Arts, 525 S. Main St., Ada

TICKETS: Students $5, seniors $10, adults $20 at 419-772-1900, www.onu.edu or box office.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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