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Three classic trilogies and one extremely overworked actor.  Charlie Ross brings his one man "Star Wars" show to Lake Placid July 11 and 12.  Photo:  Charlie Ross
Three classic trilogies and one extremely overworked actor. Charlie Ross brings his one man "Star Wars" show to Lake Placid July 11 and 12. Photo: Charlie Ross

A summer of theater, music, dance and "Star Wars" at Lake Placid Center for the Arts

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts has kicked off its 42nd annual summer of events at its gallery and performance space. Todd Moe talks with Executive Director James Lemons about a summer filled with music, art, dance, farmer's market and even a one man Star Wars.  Go to full article
Film maker Doyle Dean will help tranform the blizzard dance... Photo: David Sommerstein
Film maker Doyle Dean will help tranform the blizzard dance... Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: In Canton, modern dancing in a blizzard

You never know what you're going to find in a snowstorm. David Sommerstein was cross-country skiing on the St. Lawrence University last week in blizzard conditions, when he came across five students prancing around in bright blue full-body spandex suits. They looked like speed-skaters. But they were students filming a dance in the fluffy snow.

Kerri Canedy is a dance professor and Jennette Tario is a senior at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article
Located next to Snell Music Theatre, the $55-million Performing Arts Center is the first new academic building at SUNY Potsdam in decades.   It was designed by Lorenzo Matti, of Pfeiffer Partners Architects, New York City.   Photo: Todd Moe
Located next to Snell Music Theatre, the $55-million Performing Arts Center is the first new academic building at SUNY Potsdam in decades. It was designed by Lorenzo Matti, of Pfeiffer Partners Architects, New York City. Photo: Todd Moe

SUNY-Potsdam raises the curtain on its new Performing Arts Center

Dance and theater students at SUNY Potsdam will return to a new Performing Arts Center later this month. The $55-million facility is the first new academic building at SUNY Potsdam in decades. Construction on the building began in 2010 and it was officially unveiled to students and the community at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month. It will house the Department of Theater and Dance and includes two theaters, a dance performance space and costume, scenery and lighting design labs.

Todd Moe took a tour as contractors completed interior work and faculty were still finding their way around its halls.  Go to full article
Sunday Rock is a landmark along Route 56 in South Colton.  Photo: Todd Moe
Sunday Rock is a landmark along Route 56 in South Colton. Photo: Todd Moe

Colton remembers its WWII history with music, dance, stories

The Sunday Rock Legacy Project continues in Colton this summer. It's a collaboration of the Grasse River Players, Colton Historical Society and Colton-Pierrepont Central School. Last summer, the three organizations produced Sunday Rock - The Folk Musical, written by Colton resident Evelyn Riehl. The project is committed to presenting a theatrical performance addressing an important historical era reflected in the local community. A two-part show opens Thursday night at Colton-Pierrepont Central School that will include vintage music, dance and local stories from World War II. Todd Moe spoke with Karen Wells, director of The 1940's Radio Hour.  Go to full article

Preview: Turtle Island Quartet in Potsdam

Community Performance Series in Potsdam presents a weekend of music and dance with two world reknowned ensembles. The Turtle Island Quartet will join with Luna Negra Dance Theater for a collaborative piece on Thursday and Friday nights, and then the Quartet celebrates music inspired by Jimi Hendrix on Saturday night.

Todd Moe talks with Turtle Island Quartet founder and violinist David Balakrishnan about collaborating with choreographer Fernando Magadan and celebrating the music of his teen years.  Go to full article
Male traditionalist dancers compete. Photo: David Sommerstein
Male traditionalist dancers compete. Photo: David Sommerstein

Balance of dance and drum at Akwesasne's pow wow

The weekend after Labor Day is a special one on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena. People from across the region gather on Cornwall Island for the Akwesasne Pow-Wow, a friendly competition of dancing, drumming, and singing that's at the heart of native culture.  Go to full article

Web extra: Akwesasne Singers perform Alligator Dance

The hometown favorites of the pow wow, the Akwesasne Singers, perform the Alligator Dance, a song from tribes in the Everglades in Florida.  Go to full article
Juanita Babcock, bellydancing instructor. Photo: Kimberly Doerr
Juanita Babcock, bellydancing instructor. Photo: Kimberly Doerr

Profile of a Belly Dancing Troupe in the North Country: A feeling of freedom

For over 25 years Juanita Babcock has been teaching belly dancing to a group of women on Wednesday evenings, in the community room of the First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam. Some of the women have been with Juanita for almost a decade, others are just beginners.

They leave their jobs or school, and at 6 o'clock begin to wander into the wide, open room. Each woman grabs a coin-covered hip scarf from a basket Juanita has brought in, ties it around her waist, and they keep dancing until the church choir kicks them out for rehearsal. Juanita says belly dancing is for all ages--she's had a 78-year-old woman take lessons, and a current member of her group began when she was just eleven.

Juanita started belly dancing in 1973 when she was living in Ulster County. When she first started offering classes in the late eighties, the belly dancing landscape here in the North Country was pretty barren. But since then, belly dancing classes and groups have popped up all over. Producer Natasha Haverty came to one of Juanita's rehearsals and has this profile.  Go to full article

Shoelaces tie together hopes, fears and dancing

Participants in a series of dance workshops tomorrow and Saturday will help create the mood for a final dance concert Saturday night in Potsdam. The St. Lawrence County Arts Council has invited the Sasha Soreff Dance Theater to bring their interactive dance piece, titled "The Shoelace Project," to the North Country this weekend.

Director Sasha Soreff told Todd Moe that audiences will participate by writing their hopes and fears on wide shoelaces before the show, and during the performance the company's dancers will use the shoelaces and translate the thoughts into movement. She says the workshops will be open to people of all abilities.  Go to full article
Swinging to live music at the Flurry.
Swinging to live music at the Flurry.

Dance Flurry swings through Saratoga

Saratoga Springs is known for its mineral springs, race track and Revolutionary War battles, but it's also a popular gathering spot for those who love social dancing. Thousands gathered for a "flurry" of dancing and music at the Saratoga City Center earlier this month. The annual Dance Flurry Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary over the Presidents' Day weekend. There were dancers of all ages enjoying everything from African to Zydeco.

Originally, it was a one-day event near Albany back in 1987. Since then, the Flurry, as it's called, has evolved into a three-day winter gathering, drawing musicians, teachers, callers, volunteers, and of course, dancers from across the country. As Todd Moe found out, families have grown up coming to the Flurry and for some it's an annual tradition.  Go to full article

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