UB Theatre and Dance Announces Zodiaque Dance Company Celebration 50

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Published May 29, 2024

Zodiaque Dance Company Celebration 50 Fall Program
Co-Directed by Kerry Ring and Michael Deeb Weaver
Production Design Coordination by Lynne Koscielniak
Choreographers: Richard Ashworth, Liz Borom, Michael Deeb Weaver, Brittney Griffin, Robin Hibbert, Thomas Ralabate, Kerry Ring, Cesar Salinas, and Bill Thomas

Oct. 24 - 25, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26, 2024 Gala | Pre-show Awards at 6:30 p.m. | Curtain at 7:30 p.m.*
Oct. 27, 2023 at 2 p.m.
UB Center for the Arts Drama Theatre

Standard Show Pricing: $22 Adults | $17 Seniors/Veterans/UB Employees
$12 Students | $7 UB Students (Ticketmaster fees apply when purchasing online.)
*50th Anniversary Gala Pricing Only: $50 All seats
Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/zodiaque-dance-tickets/artist/836688

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2024 Directors Awards recipient Thomas Ralabate, UB Professor Emeritus; pictured with Linda Swiniuch, Founder, Zodiaque Dance Company. Photographer unknown.

Zodiaque Dance Company (ZDC) is UB’s eminent pre-professional dance company and one of the oldest all-student ensembles in the United States. Join us in celebrating five decades of innovative, creative performances at the 50th Anniversary concerts this fall at UB Center for the Arts!

ZDC has a rich history of entertaining and inspiring Western New York audiences while providing broad creative experiences for students to develop their artistry. ZDC alumni move into all facets of the dance field–as professional performers, teachers, scholars, choreographers, and arts administrators.

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2024 Directors Awards recipient Bill Thomas, Choreographer/Educator. Photographer unknown.

Zodiaque continues its legacy of excellence–highlighting versatility, pushing creative boundaries, and recognizing the creative talents of students, alumni, and faculty.

The 50th Anniversary season is under the co-direction of dance faculty members Kerry Ring and Michael Deeb Weaver, who will also choreograph. Additional choreographers include Zodiaque alumni members Richard Ashworth, Brittney Griffin, Robin Hibbert, and Cesar Salinas, plus guest artist Liz Borom. Costume designers include faculty/staff members Zechariah Saenz and Cindy Darling.

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2024 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Cesar Salinas, Associate Artistic Director, Gus Giordano Dance Company (Chicago)

The concert is punctuated by the contributions of former UB Dance faculty members Thomas Ralabate, former Artist Director and Professor Emeritus; and Bill Thomas.

*Saturday, Octobcer 26 Gala tickets include: Access to the pre-show awards ceremony in the Center for the Arts Atrium; The Zodiaque Dance Company Celebration 50 Fall Program; and a post-show dance party, also in the Atrium. A cash bar will be available at 6pm and the post-show will include light refreshments. Gala attendees also receive an exclusive commemorative playbill.

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2024 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Lindsay Guarino, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Music, Theatre and Dance, Salve Regina University (Newport, RI)

The concert will also include a video and photo history of ZDC and showcase collaborations with the department’s Theatre Design and Technology program.

Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Cesar Salinas, Associate Artistic Director of Gus Giordano Dance Company; and Lindsay Guarino, Associate Professor & Department Chair, Music, Theatre and Dance, Salve Regina University.

Directors Awards will be presented to Tom Ralabate, UB Professor Emeritus; Bill Thomas, Choreographer/Educator; and Elka Dintcheva, former UB Advancement Associate.


2024 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Elka Dintcheva, former University at Buffalo Advancement Associate

Tickets for Performances at the UB Center for the Arts and UB Katharine Cornell Theatre
Online purchase: ubcfa.org (select Events and Exhibitions/Calendar)

Advance tickets are also available in person at the UBCFA Ticket Office (visit website above for current hours) and day of show. Please note that box offices are now cashless. The Box Office accepts VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express credit and debit cards for in-person purchases.

Group Sales: Groups of 10 or more are eligible for $2 off per ticket. Contact: ubcfatickets@buffalo.edu to make a reservation. Please allow 24 hours for a reply. Tickets are not otherwise sold by phone.

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