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Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 38th annual gala weekend

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LocationBardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT), the resident company at Vassar College, will perform in its 38th annual gala weekend featuring jazz, ballet, and modern dance at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in downtown Poughkeepsie on Saturday, February 29 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, March 1 at 3:00pm.

Tickets are available at the Bardavon Box Office, online or by calling 845-473-2072.  General admission is $12/$10 Vassar Community, Students, and Seniors; Group discount (10 or more) is $8.

The shows will feature 34 Vassar students performing jazz, ballet, and modern works created by faculty and students.

According to John Meehan, Chair and Professor of Dance on the Frances D. Fergusson Chair and Director of Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, “This year the company features many talented and versatile dancers and the repertory is varied and engaging—a spectacular celebration of dance in all of its forms. We are very excited to bring back Larry Keigwin’s Caffeinated, which The New York Times described as ‘a hilarious, jittery mix of aerobics, cheerleading, ballet and boxing that seems to use every note of Philip Glass’s “Glasspiece No. 3.’” 

The program also includes modern works Khag by Stephen Rooks, Salt to Sorrow by Leslie Partridge Sachs, deepfake by Adam Weinert as well as Jazz work Escher’s Offshoot by Abby Saxon and Capriccio, a neo-classical ballet choreographed by Miriam Mahdaviani. The finalé SUPERSONIC, was created by returning graduate Carlie Silva ’16.  Ten student choreographers have made works.  They are Henry Gilbert ’20, Sydney Majka ’20, Jordan Nasif ’20, Cailley Gerald-Yamasaki ’21, Genevieve Waller-Whelan ’21, Emily Lesorogol ’22, Hannah Littman ’22, Nerissa Tunnessen ’22, Jennifer Peterson ’22, Lily Gee’23.

About the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre

The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, under the direction of Professor of Dance John Meehan, is the resident company of the Vassar College Department of Dance. Formed in 1980, VRDT has provided Vassar dance students with an opportunity to perform significant dance works of the classic ballet, jazz, and modern repertoire, as well as original works by faculty, student, and distinguished visiting artists. 

About the Vassar College Department of Dance

The Department of Dance offers a non-major, elective course of technique and performance study, as well as the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre resident company. The faculty consists of two full-time professors, Stephen Rooks and John Meehan; one part-time Visiting Assistant Professor, Miriam Mahdaviani; and two visiting instructors, Abby Saxon and Leslie Partridge Sachs. Along with resident lighting designer David Ferri, there are also two adjunct artists who serve as accompanists and who compose, direct, and sometimes perform with the VRDT.