November at the Colleges entail several things: colder weather, idyllic fall scenes on campus, and the Annual Koshare Dance Collective show. Koshare will open its doors to students and community members at The Smith Center for the Arts on Seneca Street on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Koshare co-presidents Caroline Demeter ’15 and Kathryn Bezbathenko ’15 have dedicated a significant portion of their time since last year’s Koshare to developing an impressive line-up of dance performances. The styles of dance on this year’s program include African, Step, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tango, Ballet and Jazz. The Colleges’ step team Hip Notiqs will perform and the the hip-hop dance collective the Executives will contribute the closing act.
All dancers and choreographers are students; anyone can join the student-run organization – no matter his or her experience level. Some students involved in Koshare are dance majors and minors, but others are performing or choreographing for the first time. This year, more than 100 dancers will perform in 26 different dances, choreographed or co-choreographed by 31 students.
Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, faculty adviser for Koshare, enjoys the scope of event, and its appeal to student participants.
In addition to welcoming members of the HWS community into the world of artistic expression through dance, Koshare will continue to support arts endeavors in Geneva. This year, proceeds from both shows will help support The Smith as it seeks to provide future dance concerts.
Tickets are free for HWS students and students K-12. General admission is $10. Tickets can be ordered online at The Smith website or purchased at the door. Members of Koshare will table in Scandling throughout the week before the performances so that students may pick up their tickets ahead of time.