Cynthia Williams, chair of the Department of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been selected to join the NYS DanceForce effective July 1.
Joining simultaneously with her are Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, represented by founder Gregory Cary; Partners in Dance, represented by Mary DiSanto-Rose and Maria McColl; and Jim Self of the Cornell University Department of Theatre, Film and Dance.
Each new member was selected for his or her experience creating dynamic dance projects, a capacity for leveraging funding and resources, an ability to partner with artists and organizations and a passionate commitment to dance. The new members will expand the group's impact in Ontario, Cayuga and Tompkins counties and the Capital Region.
Williams, who joined the HWS faculty in 1986, holds a bachelor of fine arts in dance from the University of Utah and her master of fine arts from Connecticut College in New London. She was lauded for hosting many major dance companies and artists over the years including Molissa Fenley, Bebe Miller, David Dorfman Dance, Sean Curran Co., Lingo Dancetheatre, Maureen Fleming and Jane Comfort and Co.
She has published “Beyond Criticism: Lerman’s Critical Response Process in the Dance Composition Classroom” and “Fokine’s Forgotten Puppet,” and is affiliated with the Society of Dance History Scholars and Dance Critics Association.
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, in Tivoli N.Y., was founded and designed by four professional dancers: Gregory Cary, Kevin McKenzie, Bentley Roton and Martine van Hamel. Kaatsbaan was designed to provide national and international dance companies, choreographers and all dance artists with an affordable year 'round facility where they can experiment, create, rehearse, perform, showcase new work, train, and develop new sets, costumes and productions.
Partners in Dance, a consortium of Capital Region Dance Sponsors, is a catalyst devoted to uniting dance presenters, arts organizations, colleges, schools and individuals in an effort to raise the profile of dance in the Capital District Region.
Self began his dance career in Chicago, were he was a founding artist/manager of the Moming Collection. He moved to NYC in 1976 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. In 1989, he joined the Dance faculty at Cornell University and later became the producer of the Cornell Dance Series.
New York State DanceForce is a network of organizations and individuals working to increase the quantity and quality of dance activity across the state. Over the past 12 years, DanceForce has funded more than 200 projects and special initiatives, and its members have raised approximately $1.5 million in their communities in support of these endeavors. The New York State DanceForce, a program of the ADA Inc., receives major funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, Altria Group Inc. and the J.P.Morgan Chase Foundation.
For details, visit www.danceforce.org.