Delaware County offers up its first Dance Festival at the Media TheaterJul 15th, 2012 | By Steven Weisz | Category: Archived Articles
The first Delaware County Dance Festival, which organizers are expecting to become an annual event, will kick off on Thursday August 2 at The Media Theatre. It all starts at 7pm with several local dance companies, troupes, and solo performers highlighting various genres of dance.
Jesse Cline, the theatre’s Artistic Director, looks forward to the showcase of one of the most popular elements of music theatre. “Audiences love to watch all of the types of dance including modern, ballet, jazz, and even hip hop,” he said. “This event will be ongoing each summer, with more dates on the schedule in the future, and is the beginning of a Media Theatre Arts Festival for us and other non-profits involved in the performing arts.”
Deborah Krull, a new member of The Media Theatre’s Board of Directors, has worked with Cline in getting the momentum for the festival. “When Jesse mentioned the proposal, it connected with me as my daughter is a young dancer,” she said. “Our family loves every style of dance and the importance it has to our culture as a whole.”
Cline continued, “Dance is a very specific form of communication,” he said. “It became an important part of storytelling in music theatre when Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma utilized it for the first time as a major part of a musicals’ narrative. As Delaware County’s most popular music theatre, a Delaware County Dance Festival is a logical event for us.”
“The festival allows various dance companies and performers an opportunity to have a space to perform their unique pieces within an evening focusing on all of them for one ticket price and on the same stage” Krull said.
Participants in the festival include the renowned Academy of International Ballet Classique, based in Media. Maintained by Artistic Director Denis Gronostayskiy and Executive Director Josie Singer, the company is a non-profit corporation which is the first and only professional ballet company in Delaware County, which includes its school.
Broadway Bound Dance Academy will also perform. Also based in Media, the company is dedicated to the principle that dance is for everyone, from the youngest of children to the mature adult. Donna Rannalli, the Director for Broadway Bound, focuses on a nurturing principle that allows each individual dancer to find their own pace to excellence.
The Lansdowne based MM2 Modern Dance Company under the direction of Steven Weisz, has established itself as an incubator, providing support, space and opportunities for new emerging dance artists, who wish to explore the choreographic process, in order to cultivate and introduce new work to new audiences. Weisz looks forward to the August 2 festival, “We look forward to contributing to the support and expansion of the arts and dance in Delaware County.
Touch of Class Dance Studio based in Broomall and Downingtown is also involved. Debbie Apalucci is their director and her website states that they provide quality dance education to all ages in a manner which will develop technical ability and personal self-esteem.
Cline’s School of Theatre, and in particular The New School he instructs on Monday nights, follows the basic premise put forth by legendary instructor Sanford Meisner that “Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance.” He says, “That philosophy is particularly true of the participants in this dance festival. Without the basic core of truth, the communication does not take place. This is a perfect tie-in with our mission.”
Delaware County Dance Festival
Thursday August 2, 2012 at 7:00pm
Media Theater, 104 E. State Street, Media, PA 19063
Tickets: $10 online at mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100.