12th Annual Spring Dance Festival
Friday , May 3 • 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 4 • 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 5 • 2:00 pm
Celebrating National Dance Week and Diversity in Dance- Fun for the whole family!
Mendocino College Dance Department and Dance Club present the 12th annual Spring Dance Festival, a true celebration of the diversity of dance for the whole family. Contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop, ballet, Mexican Folkloric, Salsa Rueda, and Middle Eastern are just a handful of the many dance forms that will delight those who attend this event on Friday and Saturday, May 3 & 4 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 PM in the Mendocino College Center Theatre.
“The Mendocino College Spring Dance Festival has become a celebrated tradition in our community,” reports Leslie Saxon West, Professor of Dance at Mendocino College. “This dance event celebrates a form of art that goes beyond boundaries, uniting people from every walk of life all over the world.”
The dances that will be presented at the festival represent the variety of dance classes offered at Mendocino College.
Featured in this year’s performance are dance students Cody Dooley and Essence Satterfield who will be performing Upside Down, a dance performed whereby one dancer will be hanging from large pieces of silk mounted above the stage while the other dancer manipulates poi, tethered weights that are swung in a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns. Poi originated with the Maori people of New Zealand. According to Saxon West, “This duet should be a visual feast; colorful and graceful yet rhythmically exciting!”
Mexican Folkloric dance instructor Juvenal Vasquez and his students will again be performing several dances in this year’s festival. Included in this festive and colorful repertoire are El Sauce y la Palma, Toro Bambo, Vista Alegre, Pelea de Gallos, Jususita en Chihuahua and La Capsula.
Many other forms of dance will also be presented. Katie Whitmarsh, popular jazz, contemporary/modern instructor, has choreographed several dances with her classes. Coeur Volant or Flying Heart is a beautiful lyrical piece about dreams, hope, joy and healing, accompanied by irresistible French music by Zaz. Additionally, Katie and her students will be performing Journey Within which is about the journey we go through within ourselves in our lives. According to Whitmarsh, “Each dancer dances about their own personal journey.” Whitmarsh did her undergraduate work in dance at UC Santa Cruz and danced professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area before returning to her home in Ukiah.
Two dances in the performance are dedicated to two old time greats Judy Garland and Bob Fosse. Judy, Judy, Judy, choreographed by Mendocino College ballet instructors Christine Boyd Schoeneman and Kirsten Turner, will be a nostalgic reminder of the memorable Judy Garland. This dance will focus on Judy’s lively and emotional persona, with more emphasis on fun than on her darker side. The piece will be performed as a solo by the exquisite Kirsten Turner. Dirty Laundry is an ode to the infamous jazz choreographer and performer Bob Fosse and is choreographed by dance instructor and longtime Mendocino College Repertory Dance Company member Miriam McNamara. Fosse was known for his classic, charismatic and always entertaining jazz dance style.
Several guests will be appearing in this year’s festival. Middle Eastern dance instructor Janice Re and her company Troupe Satya will be performing two dances. One piece, Grace Under Swords, choreographed by Tracy Windisch, will be performed by six exotic dancers with swords. Additionally, nineteen 7th and 8th grade students from Developing Virtue Girls School will be performing two beautiful traditional Chinese dances. One entitled Wondrous Images and Sounds will include Chinese drums, and the other, The Colors of the Spirit will include Chinese ribbons in motion. Ivory Reid, who many know locally as a long time Mendocino College Repertory Dance Company member, will also be making a guest appearance in this year’s show.
All tickets for the dance festival are $5 and may be purchased in advance at the Mendocino College Bookstore and the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah. Tickets may also be ordered in advance by calling 707 468-3079. Tickets may also be purchased at the door if they are available.
This site will be updated as we gather information about the upcoming Dance Performances
P L E A S E C H E C K B A C K
For more information contact:
Leslie Saxon West | 707.468.3079 | email@example.com
Mendocino College Dance Director & Professor