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Hobart and William Smith Colleges Welcomes Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance company will grace a local stage to teach about success through dance
(March 23, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.–The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Afro-Latino Alumni Association is hosting a Spring Weekend celebration that will be highlighted by a performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva.

Dance Theatre of Harlem will present “Dancing Through Barriers,” a program which explores racial, economic, geographic or personal barriers through ballet.

“Dancing Through Barriers” begins informally with the dancers in a simulated rehearsal. Through a narrator the audience learns the movements and terminology of ballet, the importance of each exercise, and the commitment and training necessary to achieve excellence. The audience follows the dancers from the exercises to routines on the dance floor. The narrator will then highlight the similarities between ballet, social dance and sports-related movements. The finale is a mini-performance of excerpts from two or three ballets encompassing a variety of dance styles.

The public is invited to attend the performance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID, and are available at the Hobart and William Smith Office of Intercultural Affairs, The College Store, and at the Smith Opera House.

The performance is part of the Afro-Latino Alumni Association's Spring Weekend, themed “Alum-Student Connection,” which is being held to give alumni and alumnae a chance to share their life experiences with current students.


Dance Theatre of Harlem is performing with the support of ISA, LAO, CSA and Sankofa. The Finger Lakes Times featured the collaboration in the March 29 issue.

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