Olive Prince '99. Photo by Johanna Austin.

Olive Prince Dance

Thurs., Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m., Blackwell Library & Fisher Center
OLIVE PRINCE DANCE will be in residence at HWS Feb. 3-8 to honor Women’s Studies 40th Anniversary. They will perform a site-specific dance—twine: a celebration of power for a free-standing, free-roaming audience. Free admission.

American College Dance Festival

Mon., March 25 - Wed., March 27
Dance Department Tour to the American College Dance Festival (ACDF) NE conference, Hofstra University. Professor Kelly Johnson’s “Nine Ladies Dancing” with a cast of William Smith dancers was selected to perform at the festival.

Senior Choreographers Concert

Fri. & Sat., April 5 & 6, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Tristan Bartsch, Alex Cragg, Dana Florin-Weiss, Jordunn Joubert, Kathryn Lamardo, Sara McKinney, Mia Tarduno. Directed by Kathy Diehl.

40 for 40: A Collaborative Choreography—Nuggets and Gems

Thurs. - Sat., April 25-27
Thurs. & Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. Matinee 2 p.m. 40 for 40: A Collaborative Choreography—Nuggets and Gems honoring 40 years of Women’s Studies at HWS. Choreography by Donna Davenport, Kathy Diehl, Michelle Iklé, and Kelly Johnson with Guest Artist Len Mackey, musician/composer. General admission $5.00 at the door.

World Dance Class Showing

Wed., May 1, 7:00 p.m.
World Dance Class Showing in Winn-Seeley Dance Theatre. Free and open to the public.


New York City-based choreographer Kyle Abraham
will be on campus Oct. 4-12, with his company
Abraham.In.Motion (AIM).

Koshare Choreographers Showing

Wed., Sept. 5, 8 p.m. (casting on Fri. 9/7 at 8 p.m.)
Winn-Seeley Dance Studio

Load-in and Set-up for the Dance Theater

Koshare members
Mon., Sept. 10, 10 a.m. start time
Winn-Seeley Gym

Welcome & Informational Meeting for Dancers

Wed., Sept. 12, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Winn-Seeley Dance Studio

Dusan Tynek Dance Theater Master Class

Adv Modern Dance
Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m. – noon
Winn-Seeley Dance Studio

Guest Artist Residency: Kyle Abraham /Abraham.In.Motion

Int/Adv Modern Dance Master Class: Fri., Oct. 5, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Open Master Class: Thurs., Oct. 11, 11:55 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Renown Guest Artist in Dance at HWS Fall 2012

Ballet Jörgen Master Class

Intermediate Ballet
Fri., Oct. 12, 1:25 – 2:50 p.m
Winn-Seeley Dance Studio

Pavement – Concert by Kyle Abraham

Fri., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m
Winn-Seeley Dance Theater, (HWS students $5)

Swan Lake by Ballet Jörgen

Sat., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Smith Opera House, Geneva, (free for HWS students w/ID)

Dance Ensemble Auditions

For spring faculty choreography
Thurs., Oct. 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Winn-Seeley Dance Studio

Koshare Dance Concert

Thurs., Fri. & Sat., Nov. 15, 16, 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Winn-Seeley Dance Theater, (free)

Dance Class Showing

All Students
Wed., Dec. 5, 7 – 8 p.m.
Winn-Seeley Gymnasium, (free—invite your friends)



Winn-Seeley Gym Theater
Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m and
Sunday Matinee, April 1 at 2:00
Free admission


A dance concert of faculty choreography with student & faculty performers, featuring a Mix of Ballet, Modern Dance, Tap, Afro-Caribbean, Hip-Hop, and Salsa Choreography by:
Donna Davenport
Kelly Johnson
Cadence Whittier
Courtney World

Winn-Seeley Gym Theater
Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 Matinee at 2:00 p.m.

General Admission/Faculty/Staff - $5.00
Students and Children - Free



Ref-use: Recycle and Reuse, October 14-15, 2011

Finger Lakes Dance! presents "Ref-use: Recycle and Reuse" at 7:30 p.m. on October 14 and 15 at the Cracker Factory in Geneva, New York. Come celebrate an evening of dance, music, and art with professional Finger Lakes artists! Audience members of all ages will enjoy the concert’s live music, humorous and dramatic subject matter, and visually interesting art installations. The concert is FREE to children 12 and under and tickets are only $5.00, so bring the whole family and enjoy spending your evening with artists from the Finger Lakes region!

This year’s concert showcases the work of many Finger Lakes artists: choreographers Cadence Whittier, Jeanne Goddard, Michelle Ikle and Donna Davenport, Rochester-based dance company BIODANCE, musicians Mark Olivieri and Steve Stull, and visual artists Brandon Phillips and Allen C. Topolski. All artists involved will present new work that highlights the concert theme: musicians and visual artists reuse materials from daily life to construct new and interesting instruments and dynamic installations, choreographers create set designs made out of recycled products, and dancers perform work that explores the themes of recycled and reused. A unique performing space, the Cracker Factory brings audience members and performers together in an intimate setting.

More ticket information: Tickets will be available at the door the night of the performance, and at the College Store (51 St. Clair St., Geneva) and Normal Bread (111 Washington St., Geneva) in October.

Choreographer Jon Lehrer at HWS

Jon Lehrer and members of his dance company, LehrerDance, will be on campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 and 26, on the heels of a sensational home concert at the Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo. Lehrer will be teaching master classes in the Dance Department, to the jazz and composition classes, will develop a new duet for his company during his time here, and will present a public Choreography Showing on Wed., Oct. 26, 6:00-8:00 in Winn-Seeley Theater. Choreography students from DAN 300 will join Lehrer and dancers for this exchange of new composition and feedback. The showing will include a performance of one of Lehrer’s most famous works, “Morphic Slip” (2009). Described this way in the Buffalo News: “In Morphic Slip, dancers Jennifer Huffman and Theodore Krzykowski costumed in bobsled racer-looking suits, moved like reptiles along the stage floor before melding into more sculptural intertwinings of bodies.” This is free and open to the campus and city communities.

BIO: Jon Lehrer is the Founder and Artistic Director of LehrerDance, an exciting and innovative professional dance company based in Buffalo, NY. Jon received his BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo where he began dancing at age 19 on a dare. As a professional, Jon was the Associate Director, 10 year company member, and Resident Choreographer for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Jon has also performed with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, John Passafiume Dancers, at Resorts Casino/ Hotel in Atlantic City, and in the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. Jon teaches master classes around the world, and his choreography is performed by numerous professional and collegiate dance companies across the country. He has been featured on the cover of Dance Teacher magazine, is on the Advisory Board of Dance Spirit magazine, and his company, LehrerDance, has been featured in Dance Magazine several times. Jon has received many awards, including the University at Buffalo Zodiaque Dance Company Distinguished Alumni Award, and most recently Chicago National Association of Dance Master's Artistic Achievement Award. Jon was also commissioned by the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters to write their Modern Dance Syllabus, which is utilized by teachers all across the country to properly teach and introduce their students to modern dance. Since moving to Buffalo and starting the company in 2007, LehrerDance has toured extensively, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats with their trademark athletic style, technical flash and full-throttle fearlessness. As Dance Magazine said, "LehrerDance took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physics. Jon Lehrer's strikingly original choreography transformed the stage into an energy field of super-charged particles."

Dance Faculty at National Conferences in October

From October 20 to 22, dance professors Davenport, Whittier, and Williams will present at national conferences. At the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) conference in Minnesota, Davenport will perform as a soloist in Dr. Larry Lavender's presentation, "Command Performance," which postulates a form of choreography called “sociography.” On Friday, Davenport will present a workshop with Mark Olivieri, assistant professor of music, titled "A New Composition Pedagogy: Music for Dance and Dance for Music.” On Saturday at the same conference, Whittier presents a workshop titled "Students as Collaborators in the Learning Process.” Meanwhile, Professor Williams travels to North Carolina to present “Applications of Body-Mind Centering Principles to Modern Dance Technique Classes” at the 26th annual Body-Mind Centering Association (BMCA) conference.



More Info

For more information about upcoming concerts and guest artist classes, please contact:

Donna Davenport
Phone: (315) 781-3760




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