DANCE | Dance/Strasser and Bharata UTSAV

| April 03, 2013
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Dance students have a few advantages over the average academic crowd. They have workshops and rehearsals instead of writing assignments and recitations. They can work out to relieve stress and be doing their work at the same time. They also get to display their final projects to eager and excited audiences — which can't exactly be said for research papers and blue book exams. This week, you have two opportunities to see what local dance students have been working on throughout the school year.

The DANCE/Strasser show at SUNY Brockport features select choreography from undergraduate and graduate students in the college's Department of Dance. Each dance comes to the stage after a rigorous process of faculty critiquing and judging. The show features "Clean This Up and Tie a Pretty Bow on it," an MFA thesis from grad student Elizabeth Osborn, as well as Justin Bass' "Vibe," Christine Benincasa's "Prism Dream Fragments," and several other duets and group dances. DANCE/Strasser runs at 7:30 p.m. nightly from Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6, in the Rose L. Strasser Studio in the campus' Hartwell Hall (Kenyon Street, Brockport). Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff, and $8 for students, and can be purchased at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office on campus or by calling 395-2787. For more information, go to brockport.edu/finearts.

Students at the Bharata School of Indian Dance and Music will present the 12th annual UTSAV recital on Sunday, April 7. This year's recital features "Rhythm of the Bells," a selection of Indian classical dance and fusion performances, and Salangai Pooja, the annual presentation of works from Bharata's graduating students. The recital starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 N. Plymouth Ave.). Tickets are $20 for premium seats, $15 for regular admission, $12 for students, and free for children 5 and under. For more information on the Bharata school and the UTSAV recital, visit bharataarts.com.

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To the Edior,

It was with delight that I saw the listing for Dance Strasser in the City Paper. Dance Strasser, like Dance Hartwell (April 18-20, 7:30p), was student choreographed and performed. Like other adjudicated evenings of dance, what was presented on stage is only a sampling of the work being done in the Department of Dance at the College at Brockport. The listing followed just a page after Casey Carlsen's well-written preview piece on Vision of Sound, which included several Brockport dance alumni, so one has the sense that dance is taken seriously at the City Paper. That said, I feel compelled to comment.

While it is true that dancers have an advantage "over the average academic crowd," because they are artists and that is an advantage, the work they do is not easier than other academic disciplines, nor is it particularly stress relieving or simply a "work out." Artistic research takes many forms, some of it ends up on stage, some of it on the page. The choreography and performances take creativity, dedication, and discipline, just like other forms of serious study.

Please come join us for a concert this spring.

Maura Keefe, PhD
Chair, Department of Dance
The College at Brockport

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Posted by MauraKeefe on 04/09/2013 at 2:10 PM
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