Philadanco!, a dance company renowned for engaging in social justice issues, comes to campus Thursday, Oct. 24, as part of the Theater and Dance Department’s annual Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency.
At 6 p.m., Union intermediate-level dance students will attend a Horton dance technique master class taught by Janine N. Beckles, a National Teaching Fellow at the School of American Ballet, and Joe Gonzales, Director of D3, Philadanco’s Youth Ensemble.
That same evening at 7:30, the public is invited to hear founder Joan Myers Brown, a laureate of the National Medal of Arts, reflect on the company’s 50 years of creativity. Brown’s innovative contributions to the world of dance are lauded in arts communities nationally and internationally.
Both the master class and the talk take place in the Henle Dance Pavilion.
In addition, the company will perform at the Egg theater, Empire State Plaza, Albany, on Friday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m.
A limited number of tickets to the Egg event are free for faculty, students and staff with a Union ID. Free round-trip bus transportation will be provided. Buses leave from the Nott/Seward parking lot at 7 p.m. and return to campus after the performance.
Founded in 1970, Philadanco! has a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides. The company is recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances.
In addition, it is committed to empowering youth with leadership and development skills that facilitate achievement and success in the world of dance and everyday life.
A limited number of tickets to Philadanco! are available. They can be picked up at the Yulman Theater Box Office weekdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. and at the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts (main office) 3-4 p.m., through Oct. 24.