In the spirit of “So, You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Got Talent,” and other popular reality shows, the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College presents Choreographers’ Concert on Friday, Feb. 22, featuring Dean College dance students and renowned guest choreographer judges. Additionally, Dean College will host Master Classes open to the public on Feb. 23.
“Dancers and dance lovers in the community should mark Feb. 22 and 23 in their calendars as an important and inspiring weekend of dance,” said Julianne Pedersen-O’Brien, Dean of the School of Dance. Dancers will get the chance to take classes in Broadway Jazz, Afro-Modern, Contemporary, and Modern Repertory from renowned performer/choreographers, as well as participate in a talk back session with the artists.”
The two-day dance event features Shaness Kemp, Theresa Ruth-Howard, Iquail Shaheed and Ronald Todorowski.
Shaness Kemp is a member of the Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, and the Kariamu and Company traditions; and has performed with Philadanco and Rennie Harris Puremovement. She has taught for many well-known programs within the United States and as far as the Bahamas.
Theresa Ruth Howard dances with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Donald Byrd, Armitage!, and Gone Dance. Additionally, she writes for Dance Magazine, and is a faculty member at the Ailey school.
Iquail Shaheed is the founder and artistic director of DANCE IQUAIL!. He has earned scholarships to The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, The Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, the Paul Taylor School, The Juilliard School, among many others. Iquail has performed on Broadway productions including Hot Feet, The Lion King, and Purlie, in addition to stints on Film, Television, and Print.
Ronald Todorowski comes to Dean College as a seasoned veteran on Broadway and an assistant of Mia Michaels and Twyla Tharp. His Broadway credits include Come Fly Away, Guys and Dolls, The Times They are A-Changin;, Movin’ Out, Wicked! and Footloose.
Pedersen-O’Brien added, “it is an affordable and exciting day of dancing and learning about dance, and it is an honor to bring these guest to the regional community! It is a dance weekend not to be missed.”
For more information on Choreographer’s Concert or to register for a Master Class, visit www.dean.edu/DanceMomentum.