Marywood University to Host Spring Dance Concert

“A Night in the Theatre”

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will present a dance concert on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m.

The program, “A Night in the Theatre,” featuring student and professional dancers will be performed on the main stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The dance concert is free and open to the public. Linn McDonald, dance program director at Marywood University, invited professional choreographers and dancers to choreograph and perform at the concert, including: Megan Mizanty, a professional dancer and choreographer from New York; Cristina Sohns-Williams, lecturer for the music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University; Wendy Henry, instructor in ballet at The Academy for Early Learning, Forty Fort, and Take the Stage, Dallas; and Kristen Smith, dancer with the Roxey Ballet Company, New Jersey. In addition to the guest choreographers, performers from Dance Elan, Marywood University’s pre-professional dance company, and the Pennsylvania Ballet II, will perform. “Having guest choreographers teach and perform in the concert is exciting for me. Many of the choreographers in the show have been my students, It’s rewarding to have assisted them in finding their field of work,” Ms. McDonald said. Linn McDonald has been owner and artistic director of the Linn McDonald School of Dance for 35 years. She began her dance training at age four under the tutelage of the late Constance Reynolds. Ms. McDonald directs the dance minor at Marywood University. The dance minor addresses the need to develop aesthetic principles for music and theatre majors, as well as for students in other degree programs across the University. Megan Mizanty, guest choreographer, credits her love of the arts to her teachers, as well as others involved in the dance community. “I’m always amazed at the motivation and enthusiasm of undergraduates pursuing dance. Meeting the students at Marywood has been especially inspiring, because they are performing and studying dance in my hometown,” she continued For additional information about the dance concert at Marywood University, please email Linn McDonald at