Southern Vermont Dance Festival comes to Brattleboro

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BRATTLEBORO — Thursday, July 16, the Southern Vermont Dance Festival will present its opening gala concert at 430 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre.

This gala concert is perfect for families and people who just love to watch a fun, upbeat show full of amazing choreography and exciting genres of dance. This show is a festival welcome, showcasing the many different styles of dance with choreographers coming from all over the world to show their work. From Brattleboro to Puerto Rico, choreographers and dancers will present performances in modern dance, tap dance, belly dance, tribal dance, jazz dance and more.

Dorcas Roman, native of Puerto Rico and directer of DRDT, will show a beautiful full modern dance work. Roman has performed internationally from here to Germany and is now sharing her choreography with local audiences.

Also bringing modern dance to the stage is Jessica Chen from the Jchen Project, from New York City. Chen has spoken and shared her work all over the country and abroad including being chosen as a Tedx speaker on numerous occasions. Cyndal Ellis and Tony Nagi from Sobo Studio will present both a modern dance piece, as well as a belly dance piece.

Thursday there are two tap groups showing their work — Tapella, from western Massachusetts, and Ryan Casey, who was chosen as one of Dance Magazine's top 25 artists to watch, will bring his seven-foot-tall tapping self to the stage for the second year in a row.

Finally, Paul Besaw, from the University of Vermont, will present a traditional Korean work. He also will teach traditional Korean dance on Thursday during the class schedule.

This opening concert is meant as a showcase to present wonderful dance from the local community and beyond. This work was chosen from dozens of artists to open the festival and should prove to be an exciting afternoon of dance. This show will be followed by an opening reception at the River Garden at 630 p.m. For tickets, to volunteer, or to sponsor this or any event go to www.southernvermontdancefestival.com


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