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CSU Spring Dance Presents Varied Styles with Music by Phillip Glass & Bennie Goodman

CSU’s annual student/faculty showcase will be held March 31 and April 1

Spring DanceCleveland State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, a Resident Company of Playhouse Square, will present its annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at 7:30pm at the Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square, 1407 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.

All tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased by phone at 216.241.6000, online at or in person ahead of time at the State Theatre Ticket Office, located at 1519 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. Tickets are also available at the Allen Theatre on the nights of the performances.

Featuring the CSU Dance Company, alumni, faculty and guests, with choreography by Dianne McIntyre, Lisa DeCato, Lynn Deering, Chris DiCello and Kathy Diehl, this repertory concert consists of both newly created and restaged works that represent varied artistic styles with music ranging from Phillip Glass to Bennie Goodman.

Renowned choreographer, Dianne McIntyre, creates a new work “The Call of Mrs. Hamer”, through the voice of courageous civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer. The choreography and the dancer express the longings, fortitude and struggles streaming from the music and the unspoken parts that lie in the souls of individuals then and now. Performed by graduate student, DeAndra Stone, with costuming by Kenya Woods, the piece delves into an emotional journey targeting determination, fearlessness and enthusiasm.

New CSU dance faculty member Kathy Diehl, of Rochester, NY, has created a new work, “glassPoints” which presents ideas relative to glass objects, sounds, and qualities as thematic layers. Additionally, Diehl and members of KDiehl Danceworks will perform “in/out, a work that premiered in 2016 and is an exploration of spatial patterns, both internal and external. Diehl will also perform “3 spaces”, a structured improvisational journey moving through three distinct soundscapes with electronic musician and composer Matt Ryals.

Premiering in 1995, “The Last Dance at Euclid Beach” was created in recognition of the city of Cleveland’s bicentennial year. Members of the Browning Center Personal History Group shared their memories of the Euclid Beach Park and its world famous Dance Pavilion. These taped memories formed the organizing structure for a series of danced and spoken vignettes that span a wide range of experiences and express a broad range of emotions. CSU theatre students, alumni, faculty, and members of the CSU Dance Company relive these memories of the famed Dance Pavilion and its lasting effect.

For more information please contact Lynn Deering at or 216-687-4883.