Company performs various genres at Bardavon

The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT), the resident company at Vassar College, will span ballet, jazz and modern dance in its 33rd annual gala weekend at Poughkeepsie’s Bardavon Theater, 35 Market St., with performances on Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. The company will perform a dance by acclaimed modern dance choreographer Doug Varone, along with dances created by Vassar professors and students.


Varone, a Hudson Valley resident, is at the helm of his own New York City–based dance company, Doug Varone and Dancers. The group was founded in 1986 and serves as the resident dance company of the 92nd Street YMCA’s Harkness Dance Center. VRDT will perform excerpts from Varone’s Chapters from a Broken Novel.

Ballet fans can also look forward to sections from George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 to music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Also to be performed at the Bardavon are Shimmer by senior lecturer in dance and drama Kathy Wildberger, inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s Petrouchka suite; jazz instructor Abby Saxon’s I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, to music of the Scissor Sisters; Steve Rooks’ Mosul to music by Hans Zimmer, created as a tribute to the Christian and Yazidi women recently displaced in Iraq; and the high-energy finale Proud Mary, choreographed by faculty and students and danced entirely for fun.

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