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Koshare at Smith Opera House

Featuring 27 original dances entirely choreographed and performed by HWS students, the Koshare Dance Collective took center stage Friday Nov. 17 and Saturday Nov. 18 as more than 150 dancers performed at the Smith Opera House.

“We’ve dedicated an incredible amount of time to ensuring students were performance-ready and having fun, and to coordinating all the logistics in order to create an exciting and seamless show,” says Lyndsey Ackerman ’18, who serves as Koshare co-president along with Samantha Ruthazer ’18.

This year’s event featured dances rooted in various traditions and styles, including modern, jazz, classical ballet, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean and Irish step. The largest dance of the evening, “Our Jam” choreographed by Sammy Legg ’20 and Catherine Sherwood ’20 included 43 dancers. Dance groups on campus also performed in the show, including the hip-hop team The Executives in a dance titled “After Party” and the step team HipNotiQs who closed the evening’s performances with “Recess.”

“On behalf of the Koshare Dance Collective, we want to thank the HWS and Geneva community for coming together in the world of artistic expression and dance,” says Ruthazer.

Koshare was founded in 1971 as an all-inclusive student-run organization. Students of all levels of dance experience are encouraged to join and perform. The popularity of the event has grown beyond the bounds of the HWS campus, and since 2013, has been performed in the Smith Opera House, the historic 1,300-seat venue in downtown Geneva.

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