West Virginia Dance Company to Perform at Winter Dance Festival

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The West Virginia Wesleyan Department of Dance and Arts Alive! will host the annual Winter Dance Festival on February 22-23 in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. On Friday, February 22, the West Virginia Dance Company (WVDC) will perform a concert at 8 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium. A variety of workshops and classes will take place on Saturday, February 23 beginning at 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. followed by an evening concert by Festival participants and the WVDC at 8 p.m.

West Virginia Dance Company blends entertaining and thought-provoking works that are known to entertain audiences of all ages. One of the highlights of the concert is the American Masterpiece work by internationally acclaimed choreographer Doug Varone. This piece, “The Bottomland,” captures the spirit and stoicism of generations of Appalachian people. It is a highly imaginative and provocative look at community life in Appalachia, set to the unforgettable country music of Patty Loveless.

Founder and managing artistic director Toneta Akers-Toler will premiere her own work “Absence Calling,” created in memory of WVDC member Cyan Maroney. Choreographed to the music of “The Dueling Fiddler,” the piece presents a bold fusion of classical training, raw energy and improvisation. Producing artistic director Donald Laney will also premiere his piece “Baroque CoCo” to the music of Hayden and Mozart. This three-section piece explores the many metaphors and flourishes that defined the court dances of Baroque era Europe.

For Festival participants taking the full schedule of workshops, the fee is $35 and a ticket to the evening concert is also included.   For additional information email nscattaregia@hotmail.com or Scattaregia_n@wvwc.edu or call Nina Scattaregia at 304-473-8449.

Admission is $8 for general public, $5 for students/senior citizens and free with Wesleyan ID.

This program is sponsored by 88 Restaurant and Lounge.