Dancefusion’s MOVING with a tribute to legendary choreographer Anna Sokolow

by Steven Weisz for The Dance Journal

I hate to admit it, but it has been a while since I have seen Gwendolyn Bye’s company, Dancefusion perform.  The company, founded in 1987, has been a staple of the Philadelphia dance community but does not often get the recognition it so deserves.  Between their annual home season and over thirty years of residencies, the company has reconstructed historic works by legendary American modern dance choreographers as well as offered new works by both Gwendolyn Bye and the dancers and choreographers she nurtures in her West Philadelphia studio.  Such was the case with this years’ Fringe presentation which offered works by the legendary Anna Sokolow but also with three new works by Jennifer Yackel, Omar-Frederick Pratt, and Camille Halsey.  It was truly a MOVING program, and while the Fringe run has concluded, if you have an opportunity to catch this company at other times during the year, I highly recommend it!

Company Dancers: Caroline Butcher, Camille Halsey, Roslynn Renee Johnson, Kate Lombardi, Janet Pilla Marini, Omar-Frederick Pratt, Julia Spooner, Gabrielle Wright, Jennifer D. Yackel.

Guest Dancers: Zaki Marshall and Lamar Rogers

Sokolow Theater/Dance Ensemble: Ilana Cohen, Eron Gottwald, I-Nam Jiemvitayanukoon, Boonyarith Pankamdech, elisa Schreiber, Melissa Sobel and Brock Switzer.

 

 

 

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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