University Dance Theatre presents the first in-person dance concert in two years

White and yellow silhouettes of three dancers on a black speckled background

By Miguel Gastellum

Fresno State’s University Dance Theatre (UDT) will present “From the Top,” a student-produced and choreographed dance concert, under the artistic direction of Kenneth Balint. Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 18–20, 2021 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Lab School 101 Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online ahead of the event or with cash at the door.

“From the Top” contains numerous dances that range from contemporary to modern and lyrical to hip-hop. The production is entirely student-created; the dancers, the choreography, and the artistic design. The troupe of students is under the supervision of Kenneth Balint, professor of Dance at Fresno State.

Every semester University Dance Theatre brings new and different ideas of what dance is and how it relates to the world around us.

“University Dance Theatre is a course that engages a high level of collaboration, dialogue and discovery,” says Kenneth Balint. “Year after year the group continues to bring a rich dance tradition of creativity and community to California State University, Fresno. By attending the performances, audience members support dancers attending Fresno State as well as the performing arts community in Fresno. With the support of the community, dancers are motivated to pursue the art of dance and continue training.”

Proof of complete COVID vaccination or a negative result from a COVID test performed within 72 hours of the performance day is required to be admitted. The Department of Theatre and Dance will also require audience members to be fully masked while inside the theatre. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be permitted, and there are no refunds or exchanges. The box office is open from noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance, and it accepts cash, check, or credit card payments.

Parking is free for shows on Friday and Saturday. For the Thursday night show, parking permits are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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