Vassar Dance Company to Perform

Gala celebration set for March 5 and 6

The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre will perform ballet, jazz and modern dance in its 34th annual gala at the Bardavon at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.

The company will perform a dance by New York-based choreographer Seán Curran, who describes his piece, Social Discourse, as a “contemporary urban folk dance.” Ballet fans can look forward to the traditional classical ballet, Paquita, staged by Meehan, and faculty members Miriam Mahdaviani and Katherine Wildberger have created new works, each featuring half of the company and each using musical compositions written by contemporary composers.

Members of the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (photo provided)

Members of the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (photo provided)

In addition, faculty member Abby Saxon has taken the music of Ella Fitzgerald and the New York, N.Y., Orchestra as the inspiration for her piece, Smooth Over. The finale is Footloose: rehearsal director Alessia Santoro joined the faculty and company members to create this piece, danced entirely for fun.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 845-473-2072. The Bardavon is located at 35 Market St. in Poughkeepsie.

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