‘Swinging Good Time!’ concert will fund scholarships

The Rock Dance Company

The Rock Dance Company and other student groups will perform when Slippery Rock University offers a “Swinging Good Time!” concert at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Oct. 26, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Swing, ballroom and modern music and dance will be in the spotlight when a who's who of 40 Slippery Rock University students collaborate with current and emeritus professors to present the "Swinging Good Time!" concert at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7, in SRU's Smith Student Center Ballroom.

The SRU Swing Band, Rock Dance Company and students in the "Repertory Dance" class will perform. Proceeds will support student scholarships and SRU's Performing Arts Series.

Even the audience will have the opportunity to swing. Thom "TC" Cobb, a professor emeritus of dance who taught at SRU 36 years, will serve as master of ceremonies and offer attendees a brief swing dance lesson.

Cobb said he created a swing dance that Rock dancers will present.

"The dancers in my piece will perform and then help interact as I teach the basics of swing," Cobb said. "It (the evening) is to be like a supper club with dancing, dining, listening and interacting."

Cobb, Ursula Payne and Jennifer Keller, SRU professors of dance, and Teena Custer all created choreography.

"Dance and music are excited to collaborate on this event," Payne said. "We will be featuring dances that reference the American Jazz dance lineage infused with ballet and modern techniques."

The Swing Band rehearses under the direction of Jason Kush, assistant professor of music. David Glover, associate professor of music, will direct the band for "Swinging Good Time!"

The songs, which will be announced from the stage, will include American classics such as "Route 66," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Moon River" and "Misty."

Swing Band members include:

• Clint Bleil, alto saxophone, a music education and music performance major from Shaler;
• Zach Bickle, tenor saxophone, a music education and music performance major from Lockport, New York;
• Kenny Farinelli, trombone, a music performance major from Cranberry;
• Craig Gill, trumpet, a music performance major from Moon Township;
• Andrew Loose, trumpet, a music education and music performance major from Harrisburg;
• Walker Martz, guitar, a music education major from Butler;
• Simon Neubert, bass, a music education and music performance major from Saxonburg;
• Kyle Strain, baritone saxophone, a music education and music performance major from Mercer; and
• Justin Vorp, drums, a music performance major from Shaler.

Repertory dancers include:

• Aliecia Anderson, a dance major from Pittsburgh;
• Kaila Belinda, a dance major from Philipsburg;
• Kristen Blundi, a dance major from Boyertown;
• Djenne Boutrin, a dance and social work major from Lancaster;
• Tara Dubac, a dance major from Kiski;
• Melanie Dunbar, a dance major from Pittsburgh;
• Alyssa George, a dance major from Brunswick, Ohio;
• Kylie Hushon, a dance major from Eldred;
• Patricia Kohler, a dance major from Leechburg;
• Sara Lavin, a dance major from Coraopolis;
• Lindsay McGivern, a dance major from Allison Park;
• Karen Montague, a dance major from Philadelphia;
• Darrin Mosley Jr., a dance major from York;
• Cassidy Negri, a dance major from Zelienople;
• Michelle Russ, a dance major from Frostburg, Maryland;
• Monica Traggiai, a dance and early childhood education major from Sarver;
• Alexa Van Doren, a dance major from Annandale, New Jersey; and
• Kacei Womack, a dance major from Philadelphia.

Rock Dance Company members are:

• Emily Armentrout, a dance and adapted physical activity major from Merrill, Michigan;
• Kylie Criswell, a dance major from East Petersburg;
• Emily Gardiner, a dance major from Bethlehem;
• Taylor Hahn, a psychology and dance major from Hanover;
• Emilie Klinger, a dance and recreational therapy major from Harrisburg;
• Savannah McCartney, a dance major from Moundsville, West Virginia;
• Lindsay McGivern, a dance major from Allison Park;
• Darrin Mosley Jr., a dance major from York;
• Cassidy Negri, a dance major from Zelienople;
• Alex Rodwick, a dance major from Pittsburgh; and
• Monica Traggiai, a dance and early childhood education major from Sarver.

The concert is part of SRU's Performing Arts Series and sponsored in collaboration with the music and dance departments.

Tickets, $8 for SRU students, $16 for youth, $18 for seniors and $20 for adults, are available by calling 724.738.2018. AVI Fresh will sell food and beverages.