CCMOnStage Dance Presents



Dec. 2-5, 2021, Patricia Corbett Theater

Dance Department Supporter 
The Corbett Endowment at CCM

  • 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*, Mira Sidhu*
  • 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

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

Dance Works will run approximately 90 minutes with a short pause between "Twilight Tango" and "Falling Upwards"

Watch A Concert Excerpt On Demand

Guest Artist Bios

Aya Yoshida

Aya Yoshida

Aya Yoshida is a Japanese composer. Born in Kobe, Japan in 1992. She began composing at 6 under the guidance Mrs.Yasuko Osato. She graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo under the tutelage of composition lecturer Kenya Masakado and Prof.Masaki Norikura in 2014. She also studied composition theory and classical piano performance with Prof. Masaki Norikura. She trained in violoncello and classical vocal with lecturer Yoko Hasegawa and lecturer Kei Yonashiro during her time in Japan. Since 2014, she moved to Copenhagen,Denmark and she completed her postgraduate studies in composition with Niels Rosing Schow and Jeppe Just Christensen at The Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Her works have been performed in Japan and Europe by diverse range of soloists, ensembles and orchestras, including the performances by Curious Chamber Players in Viitasaari, Finland (2013), by Arditti Quartet (2014) and by Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2016) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Moreover she just had her very first opera “Skyggen (The Shadow)” in Copenhagen, Denmark on 16th and 17th November 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary for the diplomatic friendship between Japan and Denmark following with the official event of the Japanese Embassy in Denmark and the Danish Ministry of Culture. Also the opera was awarded by Danish Arts Foundation for The best 10 music publishing/releasing of this year. 

She also participated in workshops and festivals in Japan and Europe e.g. with Eric Tanguy and Peter Ablinger. In addition to this, she has worked with a number of singer songwriters on arrangements, compositions and recordings and has performed alongside them at concerts, events and live performances. Furthermore she was selected for the Artist in Residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Gotland, Sweden (Staying and working in Visby for a week in September 2017.) and for the one organized by Austrian Federal Chancellery and Kultur Kontakt Austria (Staying and working in Vienna for three months in April to June 2018)/

She is often inspired by fashion when she composes her works and her works’ titles are often coming from fashion terms, for example, Polka dots, Tone on Tone Check, and Pointed toe.

She received the first prize of Zemlinsky 2019 Composition Competition and is writing another new orchestra + ballet piece for  CCM Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2021-22 season.

Jennie 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.

Jennie’s initial training began at Classical Ballet Conservatory under Sandra Allen, Mary Ann Hatten, and Connie Burton. At age 13, she began training with Utah Regional Ballet under the artistic direction of Jacqueline P. College. During her years with Utah Regional Ballet, Jennie received scholarships from Joffrey Ballet School (New York), Pacific Northwest Ballet School (Washington), and the School of American Ballet (New York). She won Dance Magazine’s sponsored scholarship to Craft and Choreography in 1987.

As a high school senior, Jennie danced as a youth artist with Brigham Young University’s Theatre Ballet, touring the Midwest with the company before accepting a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Utah and selected as a company member of Utah Ballet under the direction of Conrad Ludlow. She danced with Utah Ballet for one semester before becoming an apprentice with Ballet West in 1990.

In 1991 Jennie was offered a corps de ballet contract with Ballet West under the direction of John Hart. From 1991-1994, she performed various roles in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, Billy the Kid, The Lady of the Camellias, Pulcinelle, and Vespri. She also participated in the Ballet West for Kids Program, building artistic awareness and expression in young people throughout Utah.

In 1994, she accepted a company position with Oregon Ballet Theatre under the artistic direction of James Canfield. She worked directly with James on several world premieres and with world-renowned choreographers including Paul Taylor, Donald Byrd, Bebe Miller, and Val Caniparoli.  As well as the principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Copellia, and The Nutcracker.

Jennie trained continuously, studying modern, flamenco, jazz, and hip-hop, as well as classical ballet. She was a principal guest artist in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz; the Firebird with the Utah Symphony and Opera; and as the Sugar Plum Fairy with North Star Ballet, Colorado Dance Theatre, and Twin City Ballet.

Jennie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1994 and a Master of Fine Arts in 1999 from the University of Utah. She accepted an Assistant Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University (1999-2004) directing BYU Theatre Ballet. Jennie developed a comprehensive syllabus for BYU Ballet Division, choreographed 11 new world premieres, and staged classical repertoire for the resident ballet company. As artistic director she implemented a strong touring schedule through out the Midwest with her storybook ballet, Goldilocks’ Adventure, which was documented by BYUTV and reached an international audience.

Jennie was assistant choreographer for the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies in 2004. In 2005 she was selected as Mrs. Utah United States and implemented a statewide outreach program with her storybook ballet, enchanting and inspiring the imagination of elementary age students throughout Utah.

In 2007, she traveled to Washington, DC to receive the Presidential Scholar’s Teacher Recognition Award from Presidential Scholar Garrett Smith and President George W. Bush. Her choreography has won “Best of State” in 2007 and 2008. She was invited to Chair the Provo Arts Council where her insight helped develop the Covey Center of Performing Arts programing. Jennie owned and operated Classical Ballet Academy from 2004-2014 and was the Artistic Director of Provo Civic Ballet, a non-profit youth company designed to train and inspire young artists as classical dancers. As the Artistic Director of Provo Civic Ballet she choreographed 3 full length ballets including “The Nutcracker,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Snow Maiden,” as well as re-staging “Giselle,” “La Bayadere,” “Swan Lake,” and “Paquita.” Classical Ballet Academy and Provo Civic Ballet won awards from Youth American Ballet Competition “Best School Award” and Utah’s “Best of State” in Choreography and Youth Performing Group. Her students have won national and international awards before the school closed in 2014.

In 2014, Jennie was hired as the Principal of the Barbara Barrington-Jones Ballet West Academy in Lehi, UtahIn collaboration with Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West and Peter Merz, Director of Ballet West Academy, Jennie has grown the Academy from 47 students to over 500 students with the pre-professional and summer programs. She has taught every level from pre-ballet through advanced levels, developing a substantial and effective curriculum choreographing and directing performances and mentoring young dancers. She is also on staff at the University of Utah as an adjunct instructor in the College of Fine Arts instructing the freshman and sophomore ballet majors.


Special thanks to Rodney & Laurie Gasch, Amber Boyd, Will Brenner, Kyuran Ann Choe, Dr. Michael Donaworth, Rachel Gleason, Rose Smith, Heather Graden, Alan Husarchik, Dale Pickett and Diana Queen of Diana’s Dancewear. The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of The Corbett Endowment at CCM.

Dance Selections


  • Choreographer | Marius Petipa (1910)
  • Restaged By | Deirdre Carberry
  • Composer | Ludwig Minkus (1917)
  • Lighting Designer | Jason Bowden
  • Costume Designer | Shauna Steele
  • 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

  • Choreographer | Thomas Bell
  • Music | La Punalada Tango Argentino, Melodia in A Minor for Violin and Piano, Astor Piazzolla, Thorn-Torn Lips, Hanna Shybayeva, Milongita Finlandesa, Cayao
  • Lighting Designer | Kristen Peck
  • Costume Designer | Shauna Steele, Thomas Bell
  • 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,

Short Pause

Please remain seated while we reset the stage for the final pieces

Falling Upwards

  • Choreographer | Shauna Steele
  • Assistant to Choreographer |Laykin Stoess, Mira Sidhu
  • Music | Let Me Take You There, Aya Yoshida
  • Lighting Designer | Ian MacIntosh
  • Costume Designer | Shauna Steele
  • 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

  • Choreographer | Jennie Creer-King
  • Rehearsal Director | Jiang Qi
  • Music | Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478: III. Rondo. Allegro, Emanuel Ax
  • Composer | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1791)
  • Costumes|  Courtesy Jennie Creer-King/Central Utah Ballet
  • Lighting Designer | Baron Leon
  • 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

Orchestra Roster

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

Production Staff

  • Technical Director | Stirling Shelton
  • Assistant Stage Manager| Jie Min
  • Assistant Production Managers| Leah Berry, Emma King
  • Master Electrician| Rama Van Gils
  • Assistant Master Electrician/Lighting Board Operator | Claire Michels
  • Assistant Master Electrician/Deck Chief | Riley Rowan
  • Deck Electricians |Indy Caramelli, Quinn Morgan
  • Spotlight Operators | Roza Gavriilidis, Rachel Leddington, Hannah Burford
  • Sound Board Operator| Claire Michels
  • Media Content Creation | Jason Bowden
  • Media Programmer | Sydney Hunt
  • Media Tech/Operator | Eli Suarez
  • Assistant Technical Director| Grace Mayo
  • Run/Fly Crew | Hannah Kate Hawver, Bri Kelley, Nate Miller, Annalee Crosser
  • Scene Shop Assistants| Mckenna Brennan, Maya Eberhardt, Aaron Graham, Thomas Iodice, Grace Mayo, Stephanie O’Rear, Janay Sukkarieh, Logan Vanderpool
  • Production Sound Engineer| Geoffrey Mintz
  • Sound Board Operator| Lucia Thill
  • Sound Shop Graduate Assistants| Alex Brock, Ryan Hurt, Patrick Kiernan, Aaron Woodstein
  • Stage Management Office Assistant| Jie Min

On stage

Upcoming must-see events + top news from UC's College-Conservatory of Music

We will continue to announce our 2021-22 schedule of public performances in two-month intervals — audiences will learn more about our programming for November and December events in October! Performance information and updates will be shared on the CCM website and in our Next OnStage e-newsletter.

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CCM News


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January 16, 2024

UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) students and Broadway alumni took the stage at Carnegie Hall to present a one-night-only performance and fundraiser to help support the next generation of performing and media artists. The January 14 event honored CCM alumnus Stephen Flaherty while also raising money for CCM scholarships and educational initiatives.

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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
Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Greg Mathein 
Gary & Barb Cummins 
Jim & Linda Miller 
George & Carroll Roden
Musical Theatre Department Sponsors
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. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
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
  Classical Guitar Sponsor

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
Keyboard Club of Cincinnati
Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsors
Kevin and Nancy Rhein
   Wind Studies Sponsor
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
Sponsors listed as of Sept. 7, 2023

General Information

Box Office

Located in the CCM Atrium, the Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 12:30-6 p.m.; Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; and one hour prior to curtain for all ticketed performances. MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards are accepted.

  • Location: CCM Atrium Lobby next to Corbett Auditorium
  • Telephone: 513-556-4183
  • Email:
  • Mail: CCM Box Office, P.O. Box 210003, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003


Convenient parking is available in the CCM Garage at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue. Additional parking is available in garages throughout the UC campus. Any questions concerning on-campus parking should be directed to UC Parking Services at 513-556-2283.

Tax Credit

If you find that you cannot attend your performance, your tickets may be donated for tax credit as a charitable contribution. Simply notify the Box Office prior to the performance to release your seats, and give your name and address. A tax donation receipt will be mailed to you.

COVID Careful

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. Based on current conditions, performance venues will be reduced to 50% capacity and 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.

Lost and Found

If you have lost an item, contact lost and found at 513-556-9413.

House Policies

The House Manager has been instructed to minimize the disturbance to patrons already seated when accommodating latecomers. The director and producer of each production select times that are least likely to interrupt the performance, and latecomers will be seated only during these times. Latecomers who miss these opportunities will not be admitted until intermission. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

Cameras, Phones and Recording Devices

The video or audio recording of performances is prohibited.

The use of cameras, with or without flashes, recording devices, cellular phones and other electronic devices inside the theater is prohibited. Please leave them with the House Manager.

Smoking and Refreshments

Smoking and refreshments are not permitted in the theater. Effective May 1, 2017, smoking and tobacco use (including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes) shall be prohibited by students, staff, faculty, visitors, vendors and contractors at all times in or on University of Cincinnati properties, including events on university property during non-school hours. This includes all shelters, indoor and outdoor theaters and athletic facilities, bridges, walkways, sidewalks, residence halls, parking lots, and street parking and garages owned by the university.

Hearing Enhancement

Telex listening devices are available for checkout during performances in both Patricia Corbett Theater and Corbett Auditorium. Please inquire at the Box Office.

Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair seating is available in both Corbett Auditorium and Patricia Corbett Theater. Seating is limited, so reservations should be made with the Box Office when ordering tickets. These seats are subject to availability.

Group Sales

The Box Office can accommodate groups for major productions and concerts. Preview and benefit performances are also available for some productions. For more information, call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

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CCM's faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. The school's roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts. More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world, specializing in eight areas of study.

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Map depicting exits from Patricia Corbett Theatre

Performance dates and repertoire are subject to change. View CCM's current calendar of events.

The purpose of these performances is educational, and they are part of a University of Cincinnati academic program.