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Nazareth College Art Center's Dance Festival

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Nazareth College Arts Center
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14618
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Numerous performances and participatory programs in a variety of styles

Nazareth College Arts Center welcomes the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company, known worldwide for their unique, classic/contemporary American repertoire.

Community Dances

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.