Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT), the resident company at Vassar College, will perform in its 37th annual gala weekend featuring jazz, ballet and modern dance at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in downtown Poughkeepsie on Saturday, March 2 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, March 3, at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are available at www.Bardavon.org/show/ or by calling (845) 473-2072. General admission is $11.00 adults/$9.00 students and seniors; Group discount prices (10 or more) are $9.00 adults/$7.00 students.
The shows will feature 36 Vassar students performing jazz, ballet and modern works created by faculty and students.
Says John Meehan, Professor of Dance on the Frances D. Fergusson Chair and Director of Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, “This year the company features many talented dancers and the repertory is varied and engaging a spectacular celebration of dance in all of its forms.”
The program includes modern works “Rose Riot” by Katherine Wildberger, “SHIFT” by Leslie Partridge Sachs, “Ringside” by Stephen Rooks as well as “(re)invigorate” by returning graduate Margaux Lieser’18 in a fusion of contemporary styles.
The program will open with excerpts from the classical ballet “Raymonda” staged by John Meehan with new choreography by Miriam Mahdaviani and also 10 works by students, Tiana Chung ’19; Raphe Gilliam ’19; Sydney Lee ’19; Mia Moraru ’19; Elise Shea ’19; Savannah Smith ’19; Talia Sheinkopf ’21; Maya Talwar-Hebert ’20; Allison Wan ’21; Hannah Littman ’22. Each performance is capped off with a rousing jazz finale “Motown a la Mode” choreographed by Abby Saxon and her co-choreographer Martha Ross Tobias ’83, which features the entire company.
About the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre
The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, under the direction of Professor of Dance John Meehan, is the resident company of the Vassar College Department of Dance. Formed in 1980, VRDT has provided Vassar dance students with an opportunity to perform significant dance works of the classic ballet, jazz and modern repertoire, as well as original works by faculty, student, and distinguished visiting artists.
To learn more about the Vassar College Department of Dance, visit Dance.Vassar.edu online. To learn more about VRDT, visit Dance.Vassar.edu/VRDT/ Online.