Zodiaque Dance Company

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Learning Outcomes for UB Dancer: • Professional Preparation for the field of concert dance and other performance venues • Experience a Company setting on a professional level • Development and Proficiency in Technique and Performance • Development and Proficiency in Movement Aesthetics and Musicality • Artistic maturity and sensibilities to personal artistic wellness on a physical and emotional level • Versatility and performance in a wide range of techniques and styles • Experience the work of other master choreographers/teachers • Solidification of one’s dance identity

Mission: Company Mission Statement: Rooted in a tradition of dance excellence founded by Linda Swiniuch in 1973, and comprised with artistic diversity of faculty and student backgrounds, talent and experiences, we seek to share valuable educational knowledge and professional experiences - to develop intelligent resourceful working artists that promote the fullest understanding of dance and its respectful place in art and culture.

04/27/2016

I am pleased to announce that Clinical Assistant Professor Kerry Ring will become the director for Zodiaque Dance Company (ZDC) as the Company begins its 43rd season in Fall 2016. On behalf of Tressa Gorman Crehan, ZDC's Managing Director, and myself as Artistic Director, we want to wish Professor Ring best wishes with her creative endeavors guiding ZDC, a tradition of excellence for UB Dance. ZDC fall production dates are: Oct.19-23, 2016.

11/26/2015

UB Theatre & Dance is pleased to announce the choreographers for the Spring Concert, 42nd Season 2016: Melanie Aceto, Anne Burnidge, Tressa Crehan, Lynne Kurdziel Formato, Jon Lehrer, Tom Ralabate, EvanMatthew Stewart, and Rebecca Wind. Concert dates: Feb. 24 -28, Wed.-Sat. at 7:30pm; Sat.& Sun. at 2pm.
UB Center for the Arts, Drama Theatre.

10/25/2015

The fall Zodiaque Dance Concert closes today. Congratulations to the dancers, choreographers, designers and production crew for an outstanding presentation of movement and technical design.

09/06/2015

Congratulations to the 42nd season members of Zodiaque Dance Company. 80 UBDance students auditioned for acceptance and 23 were selected. The following dancers will illuminate the Center for the Arts Drama Theatre Stage Oct.21-25: Haley Bjorn, Christiana Buckley, Alyson Buttrum, Chloe Dean, Sarah Dodd, Caitlyn Green, Sydney Hale, Kyla Healey, Rachel Hospers, Kayla Jowski, Liz Kaltenbach, Rachel Latke, Sarah Lester, Jessica Levin, Sadie McNamara, Angel Mammoliti, Julie Mondrick, Michaela Neild, Amber Ruguckas, Madison Rutherford, EvanMatthew Stewart, Talia Putrino, and Katie Wawrzaszek.

08/25/2015

One of Zodiaque's former members will be honored. Who will it be? Announcement to follow.

Save the Date! Fri. Oct. 23, 2015, 6pm, Slee Hall Atrium
College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship and Awards Reception
Celebrating UB Alumni Award Recipients

08/25/2015

Correction....Zodiaque auditions will take place on Wed. Sept. 2. BFA audiitions on Thurs. Sept 3.

08/04/2015

Announcement: Zodiaque Dance Company auditions will take place Wednesday, August 2, 2015, in The CFA Dance Studios 82 & 84 at 4pm. Sign up will take place between 3 and 4. Choreographers for the 42nd Fall Season include: Zodiaque and UB Dance alumni/faculty, Michael Lambert (faculty), Jon Lehrer (faculty), Leanne Rinelli, and Miranda Zimmerman; UB Dance Senior, Evanmatthew Stewart; UB Dance faculty, Shelley Hain, and Kerry Ring; and guest choreographer Hilary Easton from the Julliard School. Performances run Oct. 21-25, at UB's Drama Theatre in the Center for the Arts. A social justice theme will highlight this year's UB Theatre & Dance season.

05/25/2015

Sincere best wishes to UBDance students doing summer intensives. The Company has a great line up of guest choreographers for Fall 2015. Formal announcements will be made soon. Auditions for Zodiaque Dance Company will take place on Wed. Sept. 2, 2015 at 4pm. The 42nd concert season opens October 21, 2015. Have a great summer!

05/04/2015

A message of thanks to the members of Zodiaque Dance Company for making this 41st season a great success. Special thanks to all the contributing choreographers, UB Dance faculty and administrative staff, Maria Cwiklinski student assistant to the directors, and Tressa Crehan managing director. Congrats and best wishes to the nine graduating seniors: Kaitlyn Bontrager, Jared Cutler, Lexi Julian, Lisa Kaemmerlen, Fallon Martin, Stephanie Ohman, Kurtis Sprung, Farrah Thompson and Julia Tomanovich. With gratitude, Mr. Tom

02/15/2015

Zodiaque rehearsals are cancelled today (2/15), due to the dangerously cold weather. However, we will be ready for our Feb 26th opening. Come and see some extraordinary dancing. Hoping to see you in a couple weeks.

UB Department of Theatre & Dance presents:ZODIAQUE DANCE COMPANYDirected by Tressa Gorman Crehan and Tom RalabateFebruar...
02/05/2015
Center for the Arts | University at Buffalo

UB Department of Theatre & Dance presents:

ZODIAQUE DANCE COMPANY

Directed by Tressa Gorman Crehan and Tom Ralabate

February 26,27,28 and March 6,7,8, 2015
Thursday – Saturday and Friday – Sunday 7:30pm
CFA Drama Theatre
For further information, call 645-2787

Zodiaque Dance Company’s signature spring program features a spectacular run of dance infused with muscle, movement, emotion, and explosive chemistry. Closing its 41st season, the concert features wildly diverse contemporary and traditional works by members of the dance faculty, returning alumni, and guests that include new works by: Anne Beck, Jenna Delmonte, Jenny Laroche, Jon Lehrer, Meghen McKinley, Tracy Navarro, and Gino and Denise Vaccaro. Under the artistic direction of Tom Ralabate and managing director Tressa Gorman Crehan, ZDC continues to be an innovative force in university dance for the multifaceted choreographer and dancer.

TICKETS: $20.00 GENERAL ADMISSION
$10.00 STUDENTS AND SENIORS
CENTER FOR THE ARTS BOX OFFICE
(MON-FRI, 10AM-6PM)
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PHONE: INFORMATION: 716.645.2787
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Last but not least introducing our Alumni choreographers for Celebration 40. Anne Beck ’93, BFA, (Guest Choreographer)...
11/15/2013

Last but not least introducing our Alumni choreographers for Celebration 40.
Anne Beck ’93, BFA, (Guest Choreographer), an awarded choreographer, her work has been critically acclaimed. Professional credits include:
Saturday Night Fever (original Broadway cast); The Who’s Tommy (Sally Simpson);
CATS (Bombalurina); A Chorus Line (Cassie); and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes w/
Barbara Eden. Most recently she performed in, ON BROADWAY with Kander and Ebb.

Rebecca Wind,’02, BFA, (Honoree and Choreographer)
frequently adjudicates for dance competitive events across the United States and Canada. Currently, she is the director of Xtreme Talent Dance Convention. Her professional credits include: Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, Tropicana, and Rio, and in China in the production of Iron Beats.

Roberto Villanueva ’01, BFA, (Honoree and Choreographer),
is the Executive & Artistic Director of BalaSole Dance Company, in New
York City, the resident dance company of the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Hailed
by The New York Times for his technical virtuosity, Roberto has performed and taught
master classes in US, Europe and Asia. He has worked with renowned choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Milton Myers, Eleo Pomare and Kevin Wynn.

11/13/2013

Even our lighting designers for Celebration 40 are Alumni!
Guest Alumni Lighting Designers
James Hergenroder ’05 and Carlie Todoro-Rickus ’99

James Hergenroder ’05(Lighting Designer),
graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA in Theater in 2005. Since then, he has worked as the Lighting Shift Manager at the Seneca Niagara Casino, Lighting Director at Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, Assistant Technical Director of the Neglia Ballet, and numerous other tech/ design jobs in theatre, corporate, and rock and roll. This past year, James and his wife moved to LA to continue pursuing their dreams. James would like to thank his wife Lisa and his family for their
continued support. He would also like to dedicate his design to his Great Grandmother who passed in September at 99. She would have
turned 100 this week. Her life is an inspiration in love, happiness, and family.

Carlie Todoro-Rickus ’99 (Lighting designer),
is an artist and scenographer working with light on bodies in space. She collaborates with artists and choreographers including Configuration Dance, Future Dance, Erin Habes, LehrerDance, Mass Appeal, Brian Milbrand, Nimbus Dance, Project MIST, John Rickus, and Torn Space. Her current work focuses on site-specific performative installations. She investigates creating environments that support information to alter states of conscientiousness. Carlie is an Artist in Residence in the Arts in Healthcare Initiative at UB Center for the Arts, where she engages patients in the creative process and mentors dancers performing in the hospitals.

Celebration 40 is this Saturday! Today we would like to introduce our returning alumni that will be performing this week...
11/11/2013

Celebration 40 is this Saturday! Today we would like to introduce our returning alumni that will be performing this weekend.

Matt Pardo ’07, BFA, (Gala Guest Performer),
was an Advanced Honor BFA in Dance. He has danced for the Lucinda Childs Dance
Company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, GroundWorks Dance Theater, Balasole
Dance Company, River North Chicago Dance Company (Apprentice), and on the world tour of the Philip Glass and Robert Wilson opera, Einstein on the Beach. He is a member of the Actors Equity Union and has been rated one of the top 100 Dancers in the world for 2010- 2011 by Dance Europe Magazine.

Roberto Villanueva ’01,BFA, (Honoree and Choreographer),
is the Executive & Artistic Director of BalaSole Dance Company, in New
York City, the resident dance company of the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Hailed
by The New York Times for his technical virtuosity, Roberto has performed and taught
master classes in US, Europe and Asia. He has worked with renowned choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Milton Myers, Eleo Pomare and Kevin Wynn.

11/06/2013

Celebration 40 is only a week and a half away! Get your tickets now they're going FAST. For tickets and further information call 645-2787

Another fantastic Zodiaque Dance Company Distinguished Alumni HonoreeRoberto Villanueva ’01,BFA, (Honoree and Choreogr...
11/04/2013

Another fantastic Zodiaque Dance Company Distinguished Alumni Honoree
Roberto Villanueva ’01,BFA, (Honoree and Choreographer),
is the Executive & Artistic Director of BalaSole Dance Company, in New
York City, the resident dance company of the College of
Mount Saint Vincent. Hailed by The New York Times for his technical
virtuosity, Roberto has performed and taught master classes in US, Europe and Asia. He has worked with renowned choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Milton Myers, Eleo Pomare and Kevin Wynn.

Our next Zodiaque Dance Company Directors’ Award honoree isTressa Gorman Crehan, MS, (Honoree, Choreographer, Managing...
10/28/2013

Our next Zodiaque Dance Company Directors’ Award honoree is
Tressa Gorman Crehan, MS, (Honoree, Choreographer, Managing Director),
is a UB Clinical Assistant Professor and the Managing Director of Zodiaque Dance Company. She is currently the Modern Dance core faculty person for Dance Masters of America National Teachers’ Training School. She is the founding director of Emerging Choreographers Showcase and the UB Summer Dance Program. A recipient of the prestigious Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award, Tressa has chaired three American College Dance Festival events at UB (2003, 2005, 2007).

Meet two more of our Zodiaque Dance Company Distinguished Alumni honoree Tracy Navarro ’99 and Rebecca Wind ’02, (Ho...
10/25/2013

Meet two more of our Zodiaque Dance Company Distinguished Alumni honoree
Tracy Navarro ’99 and Rebecca Wind ’02, (Honorees and Choreographers),
are the Founders and Co-Directors of Infinity Dance Project, a pre-professional dance company for high school students, which prepares talented young dancers for both a college bound dance experience and the professional world of dance arts.

Tracy Navarro, BFA, an award winning choreographer,
is currently on the UB Theatre & Dance faculty. She has taught for all major
dance organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico and is the core jazz dance instructor for Dance Masters of America National Teachers’ Training School. Her professional credits include: Footloose in Las Vegas and the national tour of Chicago.

Rebecca Wind, BFA, frequently adjudicates for dance competitive events across the United States and Canada. Currently, she is the director of Xtreme Talent Dance Convention. Her professional credits include: Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, Caesars
Palace, Tropicana, and Rio, and in China in the production of Iron Beats.

Meet our 2nd Zodiaque Dance Company Directors’ Award honoreeDonna Massimo, BFA, MA, (Honoree and Design Mentor),is a m...
10/22/2013

Meet our 2nd Zodiaque Dance Company Directors’ Award honoree
Donna Massimo, BFA, MA, (Honoree and Design Mentor),
is a member of the United Scene Artists and the Costume Shop Manager for UB
Theatre & Dance and the Center for the Arts. A three time
Artvoice Artie Award winner, Donna’s costume designs have reached a wide
audience on many stages including Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Studio Arena and
Kavinoky theatres, Jewish Repertory Theatre and Neglia Ballet Artists.

Meet our Zodiaque Dance Company Distinguished Alumni honoree Jenny Laroche ’08, BFA,(Honoree), Dancer/Actor, formerly ...
10/18/2013

Meet our Zodiaque Dance Company Distinguished Alumni honoree
Jenny Laroche ’08, BFA,(Honoree), Dancer/Actor, formerly played the part of Sue on the NBC TV series SMASH, an American musical
drama television series. To date, her television performance
credits include the TODAY SHOW, TV LAND AWARDS with
LIZA MINNELLI and the BILLBOARD AWARDS with BEYONCE KNOWLES.

Meet one of our Zodiaque Dance Company Directors’ Award HonoreesLynne Kurdziel Formato ’85, MAH, (Honoree), is curre...
10/14/2013

Meet one of our Zodiaque Dance Company Directors’ Award Honorees

Lynne Kurdziel Formato ’85, MAH, (Honoree),
is currently an Associate Professor of Performing Arts at Elon
University and maintains a busy professional career as
a Director/Choreographer. A proud member of the Society of Stage Directors
and Choreographers (SDC), Lynne has over three hundred productions to her credit,
most recently directing & choreographing the European premiere of Disney’s ALADDIN.
Professionally her work has been seen in productions at Artpark in Lewiston NY, Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville, Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock, Musicalfare Theatre in Amherst, NY and Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN.

10/11/2013

Meet our Zodiaque Dance Company Distinguished Alumni honorees every Friday up until the Celebration 40 concert and gala on November 16th.

Shelley Hain ’79 and Joyce Miller Lichtenberger ’81,
(Honorees and Choreographers), are both UB Dance faculty members and
Founders of UB’s Dancers’ Workshop, a student organization that offers performing opportunities for both the Department of Theatre & Dance and the university community. Shelley Hain, MAH, is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a private practice. She facilitates the UB Dance Body Lab focusing on massage for
dance majors in the department. In addition to being on staff with Wellness Education Services at UB, Shelley is also on faculty in the Health and Physical Education Department at Niagara County Community College. Joyce
Miller Lichtenberger, MA, is the owner and director of DANCECENTRAL and a past associate director for UB’s Zodiaque Dance Ensemble. Joyce has presented for both Dance Masters of America Teachers’ Training School and the nationally recognized Student Honors Intensive Program (SHIP).

10/10/2013

CELEBRATION 40!
Be sure to get your tickets! If you can not make the Gala concert there is still amazing works being present in the Zodiaque concerts November 13-15 and Sunday November 17th

November 13 – 17, 2013
Wednesday – Friday at 7:30 pm
Saturday Gala Concert, at 7 pm & Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm
Location: Drama Theatre Center for the Arts
General Admission: $20 Adults, Students & Seniors $10

Gala Concert, Saturday, November 16, 2013, Tickets: $40.00
(Includes awards ceremony,concert and atrium Gala afterwards)

For tickets and further information call 645-2787

The academic year 2013 - 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Zodiaque Dance Company. The Company kicks-off this anniversary year by presenting CELEBRATION 40, November 13 – 17, 2013, an awe-inspiring array of diversified choreography performed by current UB dancers and UB alumni. The company exhibits a tremendous range of styles and repertory and fosters tradition, while continuing to encourage the creation of new works by faculty, students, alumni and guest choreographers. CELEBRATION 40 highlights include works choreographed by UB Dance faculty members: Tressa Gorman Crehan; Kerry Ring; a joint work by Shelley Hain and Joyce Miller Lichtenberger; a joint work by Tracy Navarro and Zodiaque alumna Rebecca Guille Wind; with featured guest alumni choreography by Anne Beck and Roberto Villanueva; and Zodiaque’s signature bow staged by director Tom Ralabate. Guest alumni lighting designers are James Hergenroder and Carlie Todoro-Rickus.

10/01/2013

ATTENTION Alumni Class of 1993 and UP!
Get those Luigi arms ready and brush up on your Vogue Jazz final! It just may be making an appearance at the Celebration 40 Gala...

09/24/2013

This academic year, 2013 - 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Zodiaque Dance Company. The Company kicks-off this anniversary year by presenting CELEBRATION 40, November 13 – 17, 2013, an awe-inspiring array of diversified choreography and design performed by current UB dancers and UB alumni. The company exhibits a tremendous range of styles and repertory and fosters tradition, while continuing to encourage the creation of new works by faculty, students, alumni and guest choreographers.
CELEBRATION 40 highlights include works choreographed by UB Dance faculty members: Tressa Gorman Crehan; Kerry Ring; a joint work by Shelley Hain and Joyce Miller Lichtenberger; a joint work by Tracy Navarro and Zodiaque alumna Rebecca Guille, and LehrerDance repertory choreographed by alumnus Jon Lehrer; with featured guest alumni choreography by Anne Beck and Roberto Villanueva; and Zodiaque’s signature bow staged by director Tom Ralabate.

On Saturday November 16, 2013 a special GALA performance of CELEBRATION 40 will ignite the Center for the Arts. Highlighted that evening at 7pm will be a pre-show with a performance by Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble and the presentation of Zodiaque Distinguished Awards and Zodiaque Directors’ Awards. Zodiaque honorees include: Tressa Gorman Crehan, Rebecca Guile-Wind, Shelley Hain, Lynne Kurdziel Formato, Jenny LaRoche, Joyce Miller-Lichtenberger, Donna Massimo, Tracy Navarro, Roberto Villanueva, and First Niagara Bank. Featured in CELEBRATION 40 will be a one night only performance of alumni awardees Roberto Villanueva (BalaSole Dance) and Jenny LaRoche (TV's SMASH), and alumnus Matt Pardo (Lucinda Childs' Dance). Guest alumni lighting designers are James Hergenroder and Carli Todaro-Rikus. The celebration will conclude with a gathering of Zodiaque alumni, friends and guests in the Center for the Arts Atrium.
Honorary Chairs for the event are: Mrs. Kamlesh Tripathi and Mrs. Carol Greiner. Celebration 40 Committee: Marilyn Ciancio, Jane Liebner, Jennifer Stolzman Repp, Dr. Mary Anne Rokitka, and UB Dance Faculty.

For information on Celebration 40 and the Nov.16th Gala Concert go to:
www.theatredance.buffalo.edu/news_events

Address

285 Alumni Arena
Amherst, NY
14260

General information

Artistic Director: Tom Ralabate Managing Director: Tressa Gorman Crehan Assistant to the Directors: Julie LaMancuso ZODIAQUE DANCE COMPANY - the 38th Season Dance, Drama Theatre Wed., Oct. 19 - Sat., Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.

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