Troupe prepares spring show

The Ritz Theatre and the trideaDANCE collaborative are to present an evening of dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. “Mementos in Movement” features professional dance companies from Ohio, as well as pre-professional students and local performers in a variety of dance styles ranging from ballet to contemporary modern.

Kathy Miller, co-founder of trideaDANCE, has arranged “#omglolcul8r,” a comedic dance for seven dancers revolving around their cell phones. It is a satirical piece performed by Tiffin dancers Allyson Bland, Nichol Brose, Parris Crow, Jessie Gase, Eden Stephy, Shayla Thomas and Heidelberg University student Kristina Kamm.

Additionally, Miller is to premier her new duet, “Grevare.” Conceived as a solo, the piece has evolved into a conversation between Miller and her partner, Lukas Frey (Upper Sandusky), about coping with the weight of grief and the effort of letting go.

This is tridea’s eighth annual spring performance, with new compositions. Antaeus Dance Co. of Cleveland returns to perform two new, modern dance works from Antaeus Artistic Director Joan Meggitt and company member Heather Koniz.

New to the performance is Mary Elizabeth Fenn, resident choreographer for NEOS Dance Theatre of Mansfield, who will perform “The Heart It Races,” a gesture-filled, contemporary ballet between herself and a balloon.

Findlay Academy of Ballet dancers will be performing a selection of work from their season, including excerpts from NEOS Dance Theatre’s “Snow White and the Magic Mirror” and a new ballet created by FAB’s ballet professional Judy Reading and tridea’s Miller.

“Concerto in D” was developed this year to Paganini’s concerto and features vignettes of solos, duets and trios wound together with passages featuring the ensemble. Findlay Academy of Ballet dancers in these selections include Amy Barto, Lauren Brown, Laura Schalk, Rena Song, Ai Usami and Daniel Budke.

Also representing the pre-professional ballet program at FAB are Lexie Layne, Lydia Mattingly and Josephina Bouaphakeo, all of Findlay. They will be performing “Coyote,” by Reading and set to the music of Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin.

Call the box office at (419) 448-8544 or visit to reserve tickets. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students.