Hilltop dance concert with alumna and guest performer

West Liberty University’s Hilltop Dance Company will host its annual spring concert on April 21 and April 22 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. inside the Kelly Theater. Admission to the concert is free.

The dance concerts will showcase a range of dance styles including contemporary, jazz, ballet and a little bit of tap. Both concerts will present the same performance to allow viewers more than one chance to see the show.

There will be a total of 10 dancers, one alumna and a guest performer who will be featured in the concert. The people dancing at the concert will be Amethyst Alexander, Len Batson, Delaney Bird, Madeliene Copeland, Isabella Costantini, Andrew Dillie, Paige Fields, Greyson Grimmett, Mackenzey Infanti, Elisabeth Ranson and Siddhi Prabhanjan Mahatole. Also joining the concert will be Cassidy Sansone, a WLU alumna, and Brynna White as the guest performer.

The dancers will be performing to a variety of songs ranging from soundtrack scores to classical music. Some examples include “Come Alive” from the movie “The Greatest Showman”, “Stay Down” by Julien Baker & Phoebe Bridgers and “Arise” by E.S. Posthumus.

Jill Warren, an adjunct instructor of dance at WLU said, “Prior to COVID, dance concerts occurred every spring semester. After a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to be able to share our art form with a live audience again. Dance brings music, storytelling, and emotion to life. Not only does it allow the dancers to express themselves through movement, but it also brings the audience into our world and takes them on a journey as we tell stories through dance. In a way, it is like a book, music, or an art museum coming to life.”

“This concert does not have a specific theme; it is more of a celebration of dance and our return to the stage at WLU. Each dance in this concert tells its own story,” said Warren.

West Liberty University’s Dance program’s website states, “The Dance program at WLU features courses in tap, modern, jazz and ballet taught by WLU alum Jill Howard Warren. Adjunct professor Warren went on to receive a Masters in Dance from NYU. Dance classes are open to all students of WLU.”

Any student who is interested in the dance minor program at WLU and/or in the Hilltop Dance Company can contact Professor Jill Warren, at [email protected] or you can contact Professor Michael Aulick at [email protected]

“We hope everyone can join us to share in the joy of movement and dance as we celebrate our return to the stage at WLU! Everyone is a dancer,” said Warren.