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Kent State Dance Faculty and Students Featured at American College Dance Festival Association Conference

Posted Mar. 11, 2014

A performance from Dance '13Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce that “Celestial Celebration,” choreographed by dance division professor Barbara Allegra Verlezza and her husband Sabatino Verlezza, opened the gala concert at the American College Dance Festival Association’s (ACDFA) East-Central Conference held March 2-5. The piece, performed by Kent State dance students, was most recently presented during the School of Theatre and Dance’s production of Dance ’13: This Time in November 2013.

The choreography of “Celestial Celebration” was inspired by the Greek and Roman myths of the planets and features the majestic music of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” The work originally premiered in New York in 1993. The dancers featured in the piece worked with both Barbara Allegra Verlezza and Sabatino Verlezza throughout the beginning of the spring semester and rehearsed once a week in preparation for the conference. Dance professor Joan Meggitt who also represented the School of Theatre and Dance at the conference said the dancers were “beside themselves with excitement” to be chosen to open the gala concert.

Both Verlezza’s were “delighted to represent Kent State, the College of the Arts and the School of Theatre and Dance” at the conference and “excited that the dancers had the opportunity to showcase their work.” The dance students that attended the ACDFA conference will next participate in the upcoming BFA Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival: The Light Within Us as choreographers and performers. An excerpt from “Celestial Celebration” will be performed by senior B.F.A. dance performance major Katie Scekeres during this event.

The concert will run March 14-16, with Program A at 8 p.m. March 14and at 2 p.m. March 15 and Program B at 8 p.m. March 15 and 2 p.m. March 16, in the Louis O. Erdmann and William H. Zucchero (EZ) Black Box Theatre located at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Music and Speech). For tickets call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby at 1325 Theatre Drive, Monday – Friday, Noon to 5 p.m.


For more information contact:
Joni Koneval,, 330-672-0116