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Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Genesee, Monroe County dancers to perform at nationally televised event

post by Daniel Crofts in dance, fundraisers, Suzanne's School of Dance

On New Year's Day, 26 lucky young ladies will ring in the new year in the Outback -- that is, in the stadium at the Outback Bowl half-time show in Tampa, Florida.

All 26 girls, ages 8 to 18, are students at Suzanne's School of Dance at 33 Center St. in Batavia. Most are from Genesee County, though there are a couple from Monroe County as well.

Sponsored by Outback Steakhouse and always held on January 1, the Outback Bowl is an annual, nationally broadcast college football game featuring teams from the Southeastern and Big Ten Conferences. The 26 dancers from Suzanne's will be representing Genesee County and Western New York in a performance featuring around 500 youth from all over the United States.

If this is an exciting opportunity, it is also going to be a test of skill and focus. The girls will spend a week in Tampa leading up to the big game, and their schedule will be packed with daily rehearsals to coordinate their choreography with the other 500 dancers.

Each participant faces a cost of about $1,300 for room and board, so the group is asking individuals and businesses in Genesee County to help offset the expense. Various fundraisers will take place over the next several months, and private donations are welcome as well.

According to Jennifer Vislay, the mother of one of the participants, the girls were selected as a result of an audition video that they wanted to do as a group rather than individually.

"They do everything as a team," Vislay said. "The older girls help the younger girls...it's just a very team-oriented project."

The first fundraiser will be a chicken barbeque this Sunday. It it set to start at 11 a.m. in the parking lot across the street from the studio, and will continue until sold out. A bake sale, basket raffle and 50/50 raffle will be included.

For more information, call Vislay at 737-5314.

The 26 dancers are, in alphabetical order by first name, Alexis Vasciannie, Allison Kropf, Alynn Franclemont, Amber Fitzsimmons, Ashley Johnson, Ashlyn Puccio, Aubrey Puccio, Cianna Kusmierski, Elizabeth Barcomb, Ella Bridges, Emilee Schroeder, Emily Thompson, Emily Verdaasdonk, Emma Richardson, Gyna Gibson, Haley Sweet, Kali Markek, Katie Raziano, Kendall Senko, Lily Senko, Maddie Phillips, Megan Currier, Micheala Misiti, Mikey Lullo, Mollie Heale, Rylei Odessa and Sarah Whitehead.

Photo taken by Jennifer Vislay

Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:26 am

A Celebration of Black History

post by Cathy DeBellis in dance, Drama, music, play, theatre

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.

For tickets of information contact [email protected] or call (585)345-6814.

Event Date and Time

February 21, 2014 - 7:30pm - February 23, 2014 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Round, Square, and Line Dance Fundraiser at Pembroke Community Center in Corfu

post by Kate Martin in dance, Dance Fundraiser

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

Event Date and Time

May 4, 2013 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Round, Square, and Line Dance at Pembroke Community Center in Corfu

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.

Event Date and Time

October 27, 2012 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 7:32 am

Round, Square and Line Dance

post by Kate Martin in dance

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.

Event Date and Time

May 12, 2012 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Spring Fling Dinner Dance

post by Diane Burroughs in Church Fund Raiser, dance, dinner


2nd Annual

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Spring Fling Dinner Dance

Friday, April 27, 2012

Family-Style Dinner served at 6:00 p.m.

(Ham-Scalloped Potatoes-Green Beans-Cabbage Salad-

Homemade Desserts, including Sugar-Free)

Dancing 7:00 - 10 p.m.

Live Music of the 50's- 60's - 70's


Canale & Co.

$20.00 per person

For tickets or more info...Call 343-0488

St. Paul Lutheran Church is located at

31 Washington Ave., Batavia, NY

Wear your Poodle Skirts, Jeans, Leisure Suits....and grease your hair!

Event Date and Time

April 27, 2012 - 6:00pm
Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

Brent Persia at Larry's Steakhouse

post by Brent Persia in Acoustic, Bar, Brent, dance, Larry's, LIVE, music, Persia, restaurant

Live acoustic and electronic music with Brent Persia starting at 8:45

Top 40, 90's rock and rap, 80's dance, oldies and more

Labatt Blue girls with prizes and giveaways

Drink specials all night

No cover




Larry's Steakhouse


Event Date and Time

February 24, 2012 - 8:45pm - 11:50pm
Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 9:32 am

The Young Americans visit Attica High School

post by Rick Franclemont in dance, kids, music, schools, Young Americans


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:

  1. To encourage music in our nation's schools
  2. To train young people in performance
  3. 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



Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 7:52 am

Historical Society of Elba 2nd Annual Barn Dance

The Historical Society Of Elba is holding their annual barn dance at Torrey's big maroon and white barn on Rt. 98 in Elba.  Look for the sign.

Adults $6.00, students under 18 $3.00

Performances by the Elba High School Jazz Ensemble and Kelly's Old Timers

Many refreshments will be available.

For more info call Ron 757-2590

Event Date and Time

October 15, 2011 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Barn Dance

post by ronald Komar in dance
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

Event Date and Time

October 15, 2011 - 6:00pm - 11:30pm
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