CCM presents Dance Works performances Dec. 2-5

CCMONSTAGE Dance presents a mixed repertoire performance featuring the world premiere of a new work

UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents Dance Works on Thursday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Patricia Corbett Theater. Featuring choreography by CCM faculty members and guest artist Jennie Creer-King, the performance features the world premiere of a new work for orchestra and dance by Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition winner, Aya Yoshida. 

The mixed-reperoitre dance concert opens with Paquita, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to music by Ludwig Minkus and restaged by CCM Dance Professor Deirdre Carberry. The program then features "Twilight Tango," choreographed by CCM Dance Professor Thomas Bell and set to "La Punalada" from Tango Argentino, Melodia in A Minor for Violin and Piano by Astor Piazzolla, Thorn-Torn Lips by Hanna Shybayeva and Milongita Finlandesa by Cayao.

CCM Dance Department Chair Shauna Steele choreographs "Falling Upwards," which is set to the world premiere of Let Me Take You There by Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition Aya Yoshida — an award-winning guest composer. CCM's Composition program hosts the international competition, awarding $60,000 in cash prizes to the top three finalists and giving the first prize winner the opportunity to premiere an original work at CCM. Yoshida's music is premiered by CCM Dance and the CCM Philharmonia, with music direction by CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson and led by student conductor Xiao Geng. Learn more about the Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition.

The program culminates with "From the Beginning," choreographed by guest artist Jennie Creer-King and set to W.A. Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478: III. Rondo (Allegro). Creer-King is an award-winning dancer, instructor and choreographer. Among her awards include “Best School Award” by the Youth American Grand Prix, “Best of State” in Choreography and Youth Performing Group, and the Presidential Scholar’s Teacher Recognition Award. 

The 2021-22 CCMONSTAGE Dance Series presents Dance Works Dec. 2-5, 2021, at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. Based on current conditions, performance venues will be reduced to 50% capacity. All individuals, including audience members and performers, are required to wear facial coverings indoors, following guidelines from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Additional measures may be in place as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Visit the UC Public Health website and CCM's COVID-19 website for additional information and updates.

Dance Works

Dance Works will last approximately 90 minutes including a brief pause.

*Please be advised, some concert lighting effects may resemble or have a strobe affect

  • Director Shauna Steele
  • Guest Composer Aya Yoshida, Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition winner
  • Guest Choreographer Jennie Creer-King
  • Choreographers Thomas Bell, Deirdre Carberry, Shauna Steele
  • Costume Designer Shauna Steele
  • Costume Assistant Emerson Lecrone*
  • Lighting Designer Baron Leon*
  • Associate Lighting Designers Kristen Peck*, Ian MacIntosh*, Jason Bowden*
  • Media Designer Ian MacIntosh*
  • Sound Designer Emily Porter
  • Associate Sound Designer Alex Brock*
  • Production Stage Manager Morgan Piper*

*CCM student


  • Leads | Hannah Adamczak (Thursday/Saturday), Maia Blake (Friday/Sunday), Garrett Steagall
  • Soloists | Rae Dougherty, Bethany Roup, Sofia Stitz, Madelin Talbot (Friday/Sunday), Lily Kozub, Emerson Lecrone, Morgan Montour, Gabby Savka, (Thursday/Saturday)
  • Corps de Ballet | Hazel Alexander, Sarah Bartlett, Sophia Gray, Grace Mitchell, Madeline Montgomery, Eva Moore, Keenan Pennington, Illiana Rich, Gemma Smith, Ying Ying Tong, Mandi Weitz, Gracie Zamiska
  • Corps de Ballet Understudies | Erin Decker, Carmen Doll, Emilia Mieczykowski, Chloe King, Lauren Sokol

Twilight Tango

  • Dancers | Erin Decker, Sydney D’Orso, Carmen Doll, Meg Green, Katie Griffith, Chloe King, Emilia Mieczykowski, Alyssa Pankey, Hannah Pruiett, Garrett Steagall, Lauren Sokol, Antonio White, Claire Zakrajsek

Falling Upwards

  • Dancers | Hazel Alexander, Elise Arcuri, Taryn Grassbaugh, Katie Griffith, Emerson Lecrone, Cynthia Lutz, Madeline Montgomery, Morgan Montour, Eva Moore, Alyssa Pankey, Emma Phillips, Hannah Pruiett, Iliana Rich, Anna Lee Rohovec, Miranda Sharer, Madelin Talbot, Ying Ying Tong, Mandi Weitz, Gracie Zamiska

From the Beginning

  • Leads | Hannah Pruiett, Ying Ying Tong, Garrett Steagall, Antonio White
  • Dancers (Thursday/Friday) | Maia Blake, Rae Dougherty, Sophia Gray, Eva Moore, Alyssa Pankey, Madelin Talbot
  • Dancers (Saturday/Sunday) | Emerson Lecrone, Keenan Pennington, Iliana Rich, AnnaLee Rohovec, Sophia Stitz, Claire Zakrajsek
  • Lead Understudies | Maia Blake, Bethany Roup

CCM Philharmonia 
Mark Gibson, Music Director 
Xiao Geng, Student Conductor

Violin 1

  • Liam Gibb, principal
  • Clara Brown
  • Maalik Glover
  • Ashtin Johnson
  • Tiffany Steinweg
  • Hyeji Jeong

Violin 2

  • Amelia Korbitz, principal
  • Mable Lecrone
  • Kiran Rajamani
  • Mwakundua waNgure


  • Julius Adams, principal
  • Melissa Peraza


  • Liam Maliner, principal
  • Jade Siebert


  • Nicholas Blackburn, principal


  • Emily Haynes
  • Yian Liu


  • Julia Bobell
  • Laura Ruple


  • Talor Marren
  • Rachel Bell


  • John Robken
  • Alex Owczarzak


  • Sarah Yarbrough
  • Catherine Dowd
  • Andrew Meyers
  • Anthony Stanley


  • Emery Hicks
  • David Riggs


  • Gabrieal Gilliland
  • Ethan Lee


  • Jacob Ottmer
  • Yudong Wang


  • Mary Duplantier


  • Marissa Kerbel

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4*
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5

*Please note that traffic around campus will be heavier than normal due to a UC Football game at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. CCM encourages patrons to purchase pre-paid parking passes to UC's CCM Garage through the Box Office.


Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village 
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $29.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

*Please note that traffic around campus will be heavier than normal due to a UC Football game at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. CCM encourages patrons to purchase pre-paid parking passes to UC's CCM Garage through the Box Office.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit

Featured image at the top: A promotional image for CCM's production of Dance Works. Photo by Mark Lyons. Design by Mikki Graff.


Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust 
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM 
Dance Department Sponsor 
All-Steinway School Sponsor

Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc. 
Community Partners

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel 
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor

ArtsWave: Funding Arts, Fueling Community 
CCMpower: Friends and Alumni Fueling the Future of the Arts  
The Strader Fund at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
CCMONSTAGE ONLINE Broadcast Sponsors

Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Musical Theatre Department Sponsor

Genevieve Smith 
Opera Production Sponsor

Rafael and Kimberly de Acha 
Opera D’Arte Sponsor

An Anonymous Donor 
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander 
Mrs. William A. Friedlander 
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth 
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren  
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen 
Elizabeth C.B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld+ 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman 
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker 
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer 
Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers 
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation 
Choral Studies Sponsors

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn 
Orchestral Sponsor

Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation 
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor 
Starling Strings Sponsor

Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson 
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary 
Organ Department Sponsors

Louis and Susan Meisel 
Piano Department Sponsor

Richard E. Thornburgh 
Edward Donovan and Cheryl Carter 
Jeff Thomas Catering 
The Castleberry Family 
KMK Law 
Sandra & Stephen Joffe 
Paula Boggs Muething & Brian Muething 
Patti Myers & Alan Flaherty
Trish & Rick Bryan 
Prestige AV & Creative Services 
Graeter’s Ice Cream 
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate & Prejudice through the Performing Arts 
Event Sponsors

Buddy Rogers Music 
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