Dancers tap to Gershwin at the Smith Opera House
(Sept. 17, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–The David Leonhardt Group and the Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers perform an all-Gershwin program at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva. A talk prior to the performance begins at 7:15 p.m.
Jazz pianist and composer Leonhardt has performed at concerts, nightclubs and festivals for 25 years. At present, he leads his own band, which has staged successful appearances at the International Arts Festival of Shenzen in China, the Winnipeg Jazz Festival and The French Maison de Dance in Lyon, as well as sites throughout the United States.
Shelley Oliver has more than 20 years experience as a professional tap dancer. She is a founding member of noted dance ensemble Manhattan Tap, and was a co-artistic director/choreographer with the company for two years. She has toured extensively throughout Europe, China, the Caribbean, Canada and the U.S., performing with such tap notables as Savion Glover, Jimmy Slide, Buster Brown and Chuck Green.
The groups also are scheduled to perform together on the HWS campus earlier in the day, and Oliver will conduct a master class for dance students.
Because of Hobart and William Smith's continuing subscription to Geneva Concerts, Inc., students from the Colleges who wish to attend the event may do so for free with ID. Adult tickets are $20, and non-HWS students are admitted for $10, with ID.
This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts On Tour, a program developed and funded by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, The William Penn Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and The Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. The October performance has also been underwritten by a major grant from an anonymous donor, the HWS Dance Department and contributions from supporters of Geneva Concerts.