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Nazareth College Art Center's Dance Festival
July 12, 8pm; Tickets $35-$50: Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the RPO in a survey of American dance music, featuring guest dancers from the West Coast.
July 14 and 15 at various times in the afternoon and evening. Exclusive, “black box” performances of modern, experimental work by two-time 2011 Bessie Award winner Beth Gill, honored as the year’s “Outstanding Emerging Choreographer” and recipient of a new, Juried Bessie Award, created in partnership with Nazareth College. Gill’s company will present Electric Midwife, her signature 45-minute work, which was designed for intimate settings, and is performed without intermission. *Studio A48 audience capacity: approx. 80
July 14th at 8pm, tickets $35-$50. Chicago's acclaimed Luna Negra Dance Theater takes the stage for a special performance highlighting Latino choreographers and the company's signature blend of Latin and Afro-Caribbean energy, ballet-based discipline, and contemporary movement.
July 15th, 7pm, tickets $15-$25. This will be a one-hour performance, with no intermission. An encore performance by Buffalo’s wildly popular, "organically athletic," LehrerDance, offering a fusion of fluid modern movement with the energy of jazz dance.
July 16th, 8pm, tickets $15-$25. FuturPointe Dance is a dynamic contemporary dance company founded in 2009 in Rochester, NY. Their work is characterized by an eclectic, multi-genre repertoire that is in touch with contemporary/urban culture. Through trans-media collaborations with photographers, videographers, visual artists, composers, live musicians and puppeteers, the company’s aesthetic is a collision of culture, rhythms and varied choreographic styles expressing theme, story and character. FuturPointe’s fusion of Caribbean and African dance, ballet and Latin movement, reggae and urban vocabulary has engaged new and non-traditional dance audiences throughout Rochester, as well as in other areas of NY State and the Mid-West.
July 20 & 21, 8pm. Two different programs. Tickets $50-$65.
Pre-performance lecture presented by the Martha Graham Dance Company: 7 p.m.
Nazareth College Arts Center welcomes the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company, known worldwide for their unique, classic/contemporary American repertoire.
FRIDAY, JULY 20: Program "A" - Prelude and Revolt, Embattled Garden, and Appalachian Spring SATURDAY, JULY 21: Program “B” - Witch Dance, Every Soul is a Circus, Lamentation Variations, and Diversion of Angels
Monday, July 16, 6-8 p.m.
Otto A. Shults Community Center**
Free and open to the public. No registration required.
These concurrent sessions were planned so that guests can try any or all dance styles. Classes are divided into two one-hour sessions.
Modern Square Dance
Robert A. Kidera Gymnasium, Otto A. Shults Community Center
Style: Modern Square Dance
Skill Level: No experience necessary; children (3rd grade and older) and teens are welcome.
Square dancing is a healthy, fun, “team building” exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Modern square dancing uses interesting choreography that is danced to modern and traditional music. These sessions will be an introduction to modern square dancing with a few current line dances taught. Mike Callahan has been a full-time professional square dance caller since 1974.
In addition to calling for square dance clubs throughout New York State, he has called for festivals in 20 states, as well as internationally in Canada, Germany and Australia. Mike also teaches square dancing in school physical education programs throughout Monroe and surrounding counties.
Latin American Dance
The Cabaret, Otto A. Shults Community Center
Skill Level: Beginner
Founded by Cuban-born dancer and choreographer Eduardo Vilaro, Luna Negra Dance Theater celebrates the richness and diversity of Latino culture through the creation of works by contemporary Latino choreographers and through intensive, hands-on education programs that encourage discovery and exploration of personal and community identity.
These sessions will be led by a principal instructor of Luna Negra Dance Theater.
The Forum, Otto A. Shults Community Center
Skill Level: Beginner
If you like Broadway, you’ll enjoy this introduction to basic musical theatre movement. Students will explore a variety of dance styles that lend themselves well to different musical eras. We will try ballroom, jazz dance, modern, and lyrical dance. A fun, informal introduction to musical theatre for all levels!
Lorene Benson has a B.A. in dance performance, and is the founder and director of Cobblestone Arts Center and of Wheels in Motion Dance Company. She has been teaching ballet, modern jazz and musical theatre dance since 1974.