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Sept. 3, 2003

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    OSWEGO -- Modern dance troupe Philadanco will offer a master class and lecture/demonstration, in addition to two full performances, during their three-day residency at SUNY Oswego.

    "In addition to bringing world-class talent to the Oswego campus, one of the goals of our program is to encourage artists to provide residency work to share their skills, techniques and knowledge with students," Artswego Coordinator Mary Avrakotos said. "In addition, by making these workshops free for our students, we make these enriching opportunities to learn very accessible."

    Members of Philadanco will offer a master jazz dance class for dancers at intermediate to advanced levels at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Lee Hall dance studio on campus. The class, which is limited to 35 participants, will focus on jazz and the Dunham techniques.

    The session is free for SUNY Oswego students and those registered for the concurrent African, Latino, Asian and Native American Student Leadership Conference at the college. Anyone else must pay a $15 fee to participate; everyone must pre-register. For information or to register, call Mary Avrakotos at 312-4581 or e-mail

    Philadanco will offer an admission-free lecture/demonstration at 12:40 p.m. Sept. 19 in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre. Members will provide an introduction to dance, choreography and Philadanco's history. They will also showcase excerpts from their repertoire and answer questions. The public is invited.

    The dance company will provide full-length performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20. A reception and question-and-answer session will follow Friday's show.

    Tickets for the full-length productions cost $22 for general admission, $18 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students. A family package of $72 for two adults and two children also is available. Tickets for the Saturday performance are included in the registration packet for those attending the ALANA Leadership Conference.
   As part of that conference, Joan Myers Brown, the executive artistic director of Philadanco, will provide a keynote speech at 6 p.m. at The Forum in Hewitt Union. There is no attendance fee to hear Brown talk about making choices and her role in helping the dance company grow from a small community group to a world-traveling troupe. Her talk will be preceded by an optional 5 p.m. dinner in The Forum that is free for conference attendees, $16 for the general public. Those wishing to make dinner reservations should call the LEAD Center at 312-5420.

    Philadanco's residency work at SUNY Oswego is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; the Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. It is also supported by SUNY Oswego's Student Association Program Board.

    Media support for the production is provided by Power 106.9 FM and WCNY Classic FM 91.3.

    For information or reservations for the performances, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or visit the new SUNY Oswego performing arts Web site at

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A Philadanco member shows his flexiblity and ability

FLEX-ABILITY -- The athletic and artistic movements of modern dance troupe Philadanco will start the 2003-04 Artswego Performing Arts Series at SUNY Oswego with 8 p.m. performances on Sept. 19 and 20 in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre. In addition to the full-length performances, members of the troupe will also provide a master class workshop, lecture/demonstration and other outreach during a three-day residency. For information or reservations for the performances, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or visit the new SUNY Oswego performing arts Web site at
(Photo credit: Deborah Boardman)

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