The Forum Players Theatre Company of Genesee Community College will present A Celebration of Black History, Friday and Saturday, February 21 & 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm with a matinee performance at 2:00 pm Sunday, February 23 at the Stuart Steiner Theatre, Genesee Center for the Arts, Genesee Community College, Batavia. This multi-arts event takes the stage in celebration of Black History Month and features a collage of songs, dance, poetry, monologues and a one act play, all celebrating the achievements of black Americans and recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. This event promises to both excite and educate audiences of all ages while leaving many memorable and magical moments.
Tickets: Adults $8, Seniors(55+), Students, & GCC Faculty & Staff $5, GCC Students with ID $3.
May 4, 2013 - 7 to 11 pm at 116 E Main St. (Route 33) Music by Gary Burdick & Edge of Sundown. Line dance instruction. Chinese auction. Refreshments. Benefit for Batavia DAV Chapter 15 Van Fund. Info: 585-762-8791
Music by Gary Burdick & Edge of Sundown. Chinese auction. Admission for dancers is $7, for spectators is $4 and under age 16 is free. Line dance instruction by Diane Winters. Community Center is located at 116 E. Main St. in Corfu. Benefit for East Pembroke Grange. Call 585-356-8806 or 585-762-8791 for information.
Round, Square and Line Dance at Warsaw Moose Lodge, 13 Frank St. Chinese auction, refreshments available, line dance instruction. To benefit Veterans Van Fund for transporting veterans to VA appointments. Admission $7 per person, $4 for spectators, free under age 16. Call 762-8791 for information.
From October 9th through 11th, The Young Americans International Music Outreach Tour visited Attica High School culminating in a full two hour concert / show that included students from grades 4-12 attending from local school districts.
The Young Americans are a company of 40 staff, singers and dancers. The college age members of the Young Americans are from many countries around the world.
The Young Americans main purposes are:
To encourage music in our nation's schools
To train young people in performance
To stengthen character
The workshop was aimed at providing an experience that brings every student enjoyment and benefit.
The first two days were filled with classes, staging and rehearsal excercises (the students were placed into groups for ease in teaching and learning on appropriate levels).
On the third day, the students performed with the Young Americans on stage in a concert for the community, featuring students and their personalities, talents, and newly discovered abilities.
Many more pictures from the event can be found here
The Histotical Society Of Elba will be presenting it's second annual Barn Dance at Torrey's Barn on Rt.98 South of Elba on the East side of the road (big White and red barn w/windmill )on Oct,15.. Dance will be from 6:00 Pm to 11:30 Pm. and feature Kelly's oldtimers and The Elba High School Jazz Band.Food and refreshments will be available and cost is $6.00 Adults and $ 3.00 students under 18 polished concrete floor new restrooms and heat,fun for all and dancing for all ages call Ron for additional info. at 585-757-2590
When Robin Cotler and the Images Evolution Dance team performed in the town of Ladek Zdroj, Poland, last year, they probably never expected to be invited back so soon.
Cotler -- the founder and director of Images Evolution and its housing studio, "Images in Dance" -- travelled with her students to the small mountain town last year as part of a cultural exchange program. She said they were recommended by a previous participant.
"Soul Force" is the name of the work they performed for the people of Ladek Zdroj. It was so well received that the group was invited to come back this year for a repeat performance and commissioned to perform another piece as well.
"As far as I know, we're the only company they've invited two years in a row," Cotler said, adding that performing groups are normally asked to come back every other year or so.
Dancers' ages range from 16 to 23. They are pictured above, along with Cotler (left). They are, from left, Joseph Cotler (back), Krista Montrone, Emily Drilling, Robert Tyler, Kristen Drilling, Laura Neth (back), Charity Newton (front), Noelle Cotler, Stephanie Denzler and Stephanie Breining.
Last night, on the eve of their departure for Poland, Images Evolution treated locals to "Soul Force" -- and to a premiere performance of "I Am," the new piece they are bringing to Poland -- at its Liberty Street site.
Cotler got the idea for "Soul Force" from research she had done on the founding of the United States. "Soul Force," according to Cotler, was the name some of the first Americans gave to the idea behind founding our country.
"The whole purpose of the U.S. being formed," Cotler said, was so that people could live together in peace, freedom, and respect. That's kind of gotten lost."
Images Evolution's performance is about these ideals and how things like greed, vanity and political manipulation have gotten in the way.
"I Am," on the other hand, has more personal themes.
"It's almost a sequel (to "Soul Force")," Cotler said. "It's about finding yourself, and finding love for yourself. Once you love yourself, then you are able to love others."
Here is a selection from "Soul Force."
And here is a selection from "I Am."
Cotler sees dance as an art that helps to "open people up and break down defenses." She is very happy to bring that art to Ladek Zdroj, a community she called "the definition of underserved and underfunded."
In addition to bringing Image Evolution's performance to the people of Ladek Zdroj, Cotler will be helping to create a dance academy there.
"Last year we formed some real bonds," she said. "(The people of Ladek Zdroj) talked to me about having me help them pioneer a new program."
She hopes that by helping to get this new dance company off the ground, she will be providing the town with a resource for creative, artistic expression that would not otherwise be available.
"Images in Dance" offers dancing lessons to children, teens and adults, and has locations in Batavia, Akron, Perry and Brockport. For more information, visit their website (www.imagesindance.com), call 343-2818 or e-mail email@example.com.