In 2015, the Southampton Cultural Center launched DanceFusion to bring professional dance to the East End audience. It strives to present an electric mix of professional performances along with short workshop series inviting audiences of all ages to embrace dance both as observers and as participants. DanceFusion aims to give dance its rightful place as a vibrant component of arts and cultural programming on the East End, fully reflective of our community's rich diversity. DanceFusion at SCC will emphasize the cultural diversity of the community as well as present programs of performance that subscribe to standards of professionalism and excellence in the dance field.
Past Performance have included:
Jody Oberfelder Projects "The Brain Piece"
Saturday, April 9, 2016
The Brain Piece, directed, written and choreographed by Jody Oberfelder, about the "dance" that continuously takes place in each of our heads. The dance, music, film and text create overlapping perceptual domains, enlivening the inner life of the brain. Oberfelder wants the audience to experience dance as a language that goes directly into the brain, like taste or smell. Jody Oberfelder's collaborators include three dancers, film co-director Eric Siegel, neuroscientist, Dr. Weiji Ma, composers Daniel Wohl, Sean Hagerty (New Music USA Grant) Angelice Negron and pianist Vicky Chow.
In Partnership with Our Fabulous Variety Show - TAP: An Evening of Rhythm
Friday, April 22, 2016
TAP: An Evening of Rhythm, by OFVS; choreographed and directed by Anita Boyer, is a celebration of the history and art of tap dance, featuring favorites like Shirley Temple, Bill Bojangles Robinson's Stair Dance, Broadway Showstoppers, jazzy quintets, modern rhythm and classic standards! The show was created last April as a JDTLab at Guild Hall by Anita Boyer and will open at the Southampton Cultural Center in conjunction with DanceFusion on Friday, April 22nd at 7pm, featuring professional tap dancer Aaron Tolson and his tap dance company, Speaking in Taps! The show introduces the audience to the incredible world of tap from it's roots to it's many off-shoots to foster appreciation of this wonderful artistic style.
Dancers from the Ailey School Tribute Celebration to Alvin Ailey
Saturday May 7, 2016
Dancer's from the Ailey School's professional division wow audiences at venues throughout the tri-state area performing an exciting repertoire of works from emerging and established choreographers. The dancers come from all corners of the world to train and perfect their craft in the Ailey style of dance which incorporates multiple techniques including ballet, Horton, Graham-based modern, jazz, West African, Dunham technique, and hip-hop. Led by Rehearsal Director, Freddie Moore, the dancers are given the opportunity to share Mr. Ailey's vision though valuable professional performance experience.
Ailey Student Performance Group (ASPG) - established in 1984
Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers (AFSD) - established in 2002
Barynya - THE MAGIC OF RUSSIA - Traditional Russian Dance and Music
Saturday June 25, 2016
Barynya established in New York City in 1991 by Mikhail Smirnov, presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Russian Gypsy trditional dancing, music, songs and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), balalaika contrabass, bayan accordion, Gypsy guitar, violin and the domra. Russia is home to for more than 150 million people, but only about half are ethnic Russians. The enormous geographic dimensions of Russia and the complexity of history and etnography is expressed in the variety folk dances.
SAVE THE DATE:
Bachata, Salsa & Merengue - Ernesto Palma - Wednesday September 21 @ Rogers Memorial Library.
Salsa Party in the Park - Ernesto Palma - for Septemberfest Sunday, September 25 @ Agawam Park.
Fadi J Khoury Dance - Saturday, November 12 @ Southampton Cultural Center - Afternoon Workshop, Evening Performance