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Preview: The Polar Express Ballet in Watertown

Since its publication in 1985, Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express has touched the hearts of millions of readers. It tells the story of a Christmas Eve when a boy is awakened by a steam train that pulls up in front of his house and takes him and other children to the North Pole. Two years ago, the book became a movie, and this weekend a group of dancers in Watertown will bring the story to the stage as a ballet. Todd Moe spoke with Potsdam composer Bryan Burkett about this original ballet featuring the Northern New York Dance Alliance.  Go to full article
Island Dan and the Beach Bum Band
Island Dan and the Beach Bum Band

Open Studio (full program)

Island Dan the Steel Drum Man and his band is live in the studio. We profile North Country artist and beachcomber Captain Honk. A group of dancers bring classical ballet and bagpipes to a shopping mall parking lot in Plattsburgh. Canton poet and sculptor Max Coots likens people to a vegetable garden. And we read the "Why Cheap Art?" manifesto, beginning a conversation about the meaning and role of art, talk about poets and visual artists on Giving Voice, and hear about a new cd from veteran Potsdam rock group "Double Axel."  Go to full article
"La Sylphide" at the Plattsburgh Wal-Mart featured 6 dancers and a bagpiper
"La Sylphide" at the Plattsburgh Wal-Mart featured 6 dancers and a bagpiper

Ballet and bagpipes at the big box

Shoppers at Plattsburgh's Wal-Mart got more than bargains recently. Dancers in tutus and kilts entertained in the parking lot, and shoppers became an unexpected audience. The annual summer event, where classical ballet meets everyday life, has become legendary. Todd Moe meets the choreographers and dancers.  Go to full article

Award-winning SUNY Potsdam Dancers Head to Washington

Two SUNY Potsdam students will perform an original dance work at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on May 18th. They were selected as finalists from the 2006 Northeast Regional American College Dance Festival Conference, recently held in New Jersey. Feed Me is a powerful and topical dance duet that's based on various aspects of starvation. Todd Moe has this preview.  Go to full article
Quartango, along with dancers Roxana and Fabian. (photo: Courtesy of Sunfest)<br />
Quartango, along with dancers Roxana and Fabian. (photo: Courtesy of Sunfest)

Preview: A Weekend of Tango!

Hill and Hollow Music presents Quartango in concert along with the renowned Argentine tango dance couple Roxana and Fabian this Sunday afternoon (3 pm) in the Saranac Central School Auditorium. Quartango also performs with Roxana and Fabian on Saturday night (7 pm) at Lake Forest Senior Living Community in Plattsburgh. Taking the tango in new directions, with impeccable arrangements, Quartango has charmed audiences across Canada and in Tokyo, Taipei, Paris and New York City. Todd Moe talks with bassist Rene Gosselin, who has been part of Montreal's Quartango since its beginnings in 1984.  Go to full article
(photo: Colin Danville)
(photo: Colin Danville)

Preview: Inspirit at SUNY Potsdam

The dance company Inspirit presents a concert this Saturday night (8 p.m.) in SUNY-Potsdam's Dunn Dance Theater. Inspirit will present their work "Becoming," which is a suite of dances exploring the complex and inspiring paths of women traversing hostile ground, defining their place and fulfilling their callings. Inspirit was founded in 2000 by dancer-choreographer Christal Brown to provide a forum for collaboration among young African-American female artists and choreographers. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Jamie Whidden teaches students a move.
Jamie Whidden teaches students a move.

Capoeira: "A Many-Faceted Diamond"

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that fuses dance, music, and song. Capoeira classes are growing in popularity across the United States. On Thursday nights in Lake Placid, the gym at the North Country School is transformed by the sounds of the drum and the berimbau, the stringed gourd that's at the heart of capoeira. David Sommerstein attended a class and has this audio montage.

Jamie Whidden (518-891-4973) teaches in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Relani Prudhomme (315-212-1110) teaches classes in Canton.  Go to full article
Dancer Hari Krishnan
Dancer Hari Krishnan

Classical Dance from South India Comes to SLU

St. Lawrence University sponsors a lecture-demonstration tonight (7 pm) in Griffiths Arts Center on South Indian dance. Todd Moe has a preview.  Go to full article

Tradition and Sociability at Grindstone Island Square Dance

Grindstone Island is a place where the past is quite present. Grindstone is just opposite the St. Lawrence River village of Clayton. It's several miles long, one of the largest of the Thousand Islands. There are no official roads. Folks get around in old jalopies or ATVs. Only 11 people live on Grindstone all winter, but when the weather changes, families who've spent generations of summers there return, and a larger community reassembles. On Saturday nights, the place to be is the big dance at Dodge Hall. Usually it's DJs or rock 'n' roll bands who supply the music. But every once in a while, some fiddlers and callers get together for an old-fashioned square dance. David Sommerstein joined in a couple of weekends ago, and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Crane Chorus conductor Daniel Gordon (l) and composer Paul Steinberg (r) study the new score of "Wind & Water".
Crane Chorus conductor Daniel Gordon (l) and composer Paul Steinberg (r) study the new score of "Wind & Water".

Preview: Wind & Water in Potsdam

The Crane School of Music's 74th annual spring concert this Saturday (7:30 pm, Hosmer Hall) includes the world premiere performance of Wind & Water. It's a performance that includes electronic music, voice and dance. Todd Moe chats with the composer, conductor and author.  Go to full article

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