This fall has been a packed with HWS dance department events: from the performance of Assistant Professor of Dance Missy Pfohl Smith’s company BIODANCE in Pittsford, N.Y.; to a master class from dancer and guest artist Jolene Bailie; to the preparations for the upcoming Koshare concert.
Now comes Finger Lakes Dance!, presenting the artistic work of professional musicians, choreographers, and dancers from the Finger Lakes Region on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cracker Factory in Geneva (35 Lehigh St).
Finger Lakes Dance! includes the work of four local composers-Gregg S. Christiansen, Marc Mellits, Sam Pellman, and Mark Olivieri-and seven choreographers: Anne Harris Wilcox (Present Tense Dance), Bill Evans, Heather Roffe, and HWS faculty members Michelle Ikle, Missy Pfohl Smith, Donna Davenport and Cadence Whittier.
Many of the choreographers will perform in the concert, and will be joined by professional dancers Bridget Bell-Harris, Alycia Bright Holland, Donna Damelio-Brett, Laura Regna, Kimberly Kurtz-Ryan, Guy Thorne, Ellen Tomer and Courtney World. Musicians Mark Olivieri, Miche Fambro, Adam Groom, and Jeff Thompson will perform live during the concert, and several members of the HWS Hip-NotiQ’s Step team will also present a new piece.
“Audience members of all ages will enjoy the concert’s live music and varied dance styles: jazz, tap, contemporary dance, and step,” says Whittier, associate professor of dance and director of the Finger Lakes Dance!. “Over 500 audience members attended last year’s Finger Lakes Dance! concert, and we hope that this year’s concert will also draw a good crowd.”
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door both nights. Tickets are also being sold at Normal Bread Bakery (111 Washington Street, Geneva) and at the College Store (54 St. Clair Street, Geneva).
This organization is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, which is administered locally by Phelps Historical Society & Phelps Arts Center. This concert is also supported by a Faculty Research Grant from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.