Community Ballroom Dance Classes to Begin

Allegheny College’s Dance and Movement Studies program will offer community ballroom dance lessons beginning Monday, Aug. 28.
Classes will be taught by Dance and Movement Studies faculty Betsy Sumerfield and will be held in the Montgomery Performance Space on Mondays. Class for beginners will run from 6:45 to 8 p.m.; class for experienced dancers will run from 7:45 to 9 p.m. The cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple for a total of 10 lessons. Participants should wear either socks or ballroom shoes. For more information, please call (814) 332-2813.

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Dance Minors’ Concert

The Dance and Movement Studies Program will hold its annual concert on April 28 at 7 p.m. to showcase pieces directed by various dance-minor students. The concert will be held in the Montgomery Performance Space, and is free and open to the public.

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Allegheny to Host Dance Minors’ Concert

The Dance and Movement Studies Program will hold its annual concert on April 28 at 7 p.m. to showcase pieces directed by various dance-minor students. The concert will be held in the Montgomery Performance Space, and is free and open to the public.
The concert is titled “You. Me. Us.,” a play on the phrase “me, myself, and I,” to address the theme of relationships – whether familial, romantic, or otherwise. Each piece is designed and choreographed independently by dance minors, so a variety of styles and perspectives are included in the show. The concert allows students the freedom to explore the styles and techniques that draw them, and each year’s production has a different texture to it depending on who is involved and what is brought to the floor.

Senior Abby Walters, the liaison for the show, said that dance in general is closely related to the Year of Mindfulness, Allegheny’s campus-wide theme for 2016-17.
“Defining dance as a movement exercise performed with intention, awareness, and presence in oneself and the body, I’d say that all of the performances will relate to the Year of Mindfulness and to living a life of purpose rather than mere existence,” Walters said.
Though Walters is the designated liaison, the concert itself is a collaborative effort between all of the dance minors, and other non-minors joining in.
More information about the Dance and Movement Studies Program can be found at http://sites.allegheny.edu/dance/

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Allegheny College Presents Annual Spring Dance Concert

The Allegheny College Dance & Movement Studies Program will present its annual Spring Dance Concert in the Montgomery Performance Space at 7:30 p.m. April 6-8, Thursday to Saturday. The concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

This year’s concert showcases students in several styles of dance, including ballet, ballroom, and modern.  Many of the dances will feature live music provided by local musicians, including John Hyatt and members of the college faculty band Credit/No Credit.


The program will open with dancers demonstrating the movement development of humans from crawling to standing and eventually imagining the motion of the stars. Gretchen Myers’ Upper Level Ballet students will dance “Excerpts from ‘Don Quixote’ Dream Sequence.”  Eleanor Weisman, director of the Dance and Movement Studies Program, has re-created a water dance, last performed in 2012 for her students in the Landscapes of the Body course.  Students in Betsy Sumerfield’s Ballroom III course will close the concert with a new piece that showcases their skills in other dance forms as well as ballroom.

Senior Rayna Pelisari will perform a solo inspired by Florence Reese’s 1931 song “Which Side Are You On?” Weisman also is working with students on “Mindless Modern World,” a piece that spoofs contemporary work culture using the idiom of ballet.  Her final offering is a collaboration devised with students, “Ignite the Revolution,” based on social-justice causes that motivate community action.  Finally, James Reedy will present a new dance, “Endangered Species” inspired by his reaction to current world events.

Reservations can be made through the Dance and Movement Studies office by calling (814) 332-2813.

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Spring Dance Concert

The Allegheny College Dance and Movement Studies Program will present its annual Spring Dance Concert in the Montgomery Performance Space at 7:30 p.m. April 6-8, Thursday to Saturday. The concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

This year’s concert showcases students in several styles of dance, including ballet, ballroom, and modern.  Many of the dances will feature live music provided by local musicians, including John Hyatt and members of the college faculty band Credit/No Credit.

Reservations can be made through the Dance and Movement Studies office by calling (814) 332-2813.

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Allegheny College Dance and Movement Studies Program To Offer Ballroom Dancing Classes

Allegheny College’s Dance and Movement Studies program will be offering a series of community ballroom lessons starting on Monday, Jan. 16. Classes will be taught by Dance and Movement Studies faculty Betsy Sumerfield and will be held in the Montgomery Performance Space on Mondays from 6:45 to 8 p.m.

Cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple for a total of 10 lessons. Participants are asked to wear socks or ballroom shoes.

For more information, call 814-332-2813.

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Cookies and Milk

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Allegheny College’s Dance and Movement Studies Program will present its annual holiday Cookies and Milk concert, especially for families and children, on Sunday, Dec. 4, with performances at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Montgomery Performance Space. Refreshments will be served between shows at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby.’

Allegheny students from Dance and Movement Studies classes will perform routines of various styles, including modern, tap, and ballet. The class Landscapes of the Body will use audience participation in a piece called “Popcorn” and invite children to come onstage to act out the process of making popcorn. The tap class, DMS 105, will perform rhythmic tap in a narrative dance that culminates in a modern pointe piece choreographed by student Meaghan Gilbert.

The Jazz Dance Ensemble (JaDE), a student-run dance team, will perform a routine as well. Continuing with tradition, the local dance studios Allegro and Movement Unlimited are also performing pieces in the show, the latter choreographed by Allegheny students.

“The show is an opportunity for Allegheny students to share their performance skills with the Meadville community, and for all to come together during the holiday season,” said Eleanor Weisman, director of the Dance and Movement Studies Department.

In keeping with the holiday spirit of giving, there will be a collection box for new, unwrapped toys to benefit the Toys for Tots drive. A community group, Creating Landscapes for Families, will provide cookies during the intermission.

The concert is free and open to the public. Call the Dance and Movement Studies office at (814) 332-2813 to make a reservation.

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Allegheny Dance Program to Host Cookies and Milk Holiday Concert

Allegheny College’s Dance and Movement Studies Program will present its annual holiday Cookies and Milk concert, especially for families and children, on Sunday, Dec. 4, with performances at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Montgomery Performance Space. Refreshments will be served between shows at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby.

Allegheny students from Dance and Movement Studies classes will perform routines of various styles, including modern, tap, and ballet. The class Landscapes of the Body will use audience participation in a piece called “Popcorn” and invite children to come onstage to act out the process of making popcorn. The tap class, DMS 105 will perform rhythmic tap in a narrative dance that culminates in a modern pointe piece choreographed by student Meaghan Gilbert.

The Jazz Dance Ensemble (JaDE), a student-run dance team, will perform a routine as well. Continuing with tradition, the local dance studios Allegro and Movement Unlimited are also performing pieces in the show, the latter choreographed by Allegheny students.

“The show is an opportunity for Allegheny students to share their performance skills with the Meadville community, and for all to come together during the holiday season,” said Eleanor Weisman, director of the Dance and Movement Studies Department.

In keeping with the holiday spirit of giving, there will be a collection box for new, unwrapped toys to benefit the Toys for Tots drive. A community group, Creating Landscapes for Families, will provide cookies during the intermission.

The concert is free and open to the public. Call the Dance and Movement Studies office at (814) 332-2813 to make a reservation.

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Brown, Raether, Roncolato and Weisman present at GLAA conference

Caitlin Brown ’17; Jonah Raether ’18; Dave Roncolato, director of the Office of Civic Engagement in the Gateway; and Eleanor Weisman, associate professor of Dance and Movement Studies, represented Allegheny College at the GLAA Conference “Civic Engagement & the Liberal Arts” in Kalamazoo, Mich., Oct. 23-25.

Weisman introduced Brown and Raether, who presented on their work as Allegheny Community Engagement Student (ACES) Fellows as part of an international panel on “Students as Colleagues”. Roncolato and Raether collaborated with colleagues from DePauw University on a workshop “Short-term International Community Engagement: The Challenges and Opportunities.” Allegheny Provost and Director of the Allegheny Gateway Terry Bensel, served on the planning committee for the conference.

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Orchesis Dance Company Presents Annual Recital

The Orchesis Dance Company will present its annual recital — with four performances — beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Allegheny College’s Shafer Auditorium.

The first performance, on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., is the designated Community Premiere Show for members of the Meadville community and Allegheny faculty and staff. Additional performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 12 and at noon on Nov. 13. All shows are all free and open to the public.

The student-led recital features various dance forms such as jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, ballroom and contemporary, and is historically one of the most attended events on campus. Students design every aspect of the show, including choreography, lighting and costumes. The performers rehearse one hour per week for nine weeks in preparation, in addition to dress and technical rehearsals leading up to the show.

“Each piece this year brings elements of entertainment and creativity to the show,” Orchesis President Meaghan Gilbert said. “I hope that the Allegheny and Meadville community will come to see how all our hard work has come together.”

Orchesis gives students the chance to become involved with Allegheny’s dance program and to connect with other performers and audience members. Each student who auditions for the company is guaranteed at least one dance in the recital.

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