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Guest artists to perform at the 2004 West Virginia Dance Festival

Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews will perform as guest artists during the 7 p.m. program on Saturday, May 1, in the Cultural Center’s West Virginia State Theater when the West Virginia Division of Culture and History presents the 2004 West Virginia Dance Festival. This year marks the 23rd year of the event.

Kajiya was born in Nagoya, Japan, and began her early ballet training at the Matsumoto Michiko Ballet. At the age of 10, she moved to China and became the first and only foreign student to study at the Shanghai Ballet School and graduate on scholarship. In January 2000, Kajiya won the renowned Prix de Lausanne Scholarship and Public Prize, enabling her to study at the National Ballet of Canada School. In 2001, she joined the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Her repertoire includes featured roles in Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels, Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort, and in the company’s innovative HereAfter. In addition, she presented ABT’s documentary Dancer on Tokyo Talk Show in 2002.

Matthews was born in Houston, Texas, and was awarded a full scholarship to study at the North Carolina School of the Arts summer program. He also received scholarships to summer programs at the Joffrey Ballet and the School of American Ballet. He has danced with the Noriko Hara Ballet in Japan, the Civil Ballet of Chicago and the New England Ballet. Currently he is a member of the corps de ballet with the ABT Company. His repertoire includes the pas de deux from Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and leading roles in Sechs Tanze, Symphonic Variations, workwithinwork and HereAfter among others.

The festival runs April 30 - May 2. Two nights of performances, beginning on Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m., will showcase the talent of West Virginia dancers who come to perform and take classes from the nationally acclaimed festival faculty. The Friday performance will feature 12 West Virginia dance groups and a modern dance performance by Shane O’Hara, coordinator of the dance program at James Madison University and a member of the festival faculty. On Saturday, in addition to Kajiya and Matthews, 12 more West Virginia dance groups will perform.

O’Hara has been performing as a dance artist since 1986. In addition to teaching, he works professionally setting commissioned dances throughout the United States, performing a concert of Daniel Nagrin’s solo works entitled The Nagrin Project and touring as Shane O’Hara * Solo Dance. His artistic schedule this year includes performances in the New Dance Festival in Virginia, co-directing the London Institute on Contemporary Theatre and Dance, a solo concert in Washington, D.C. and a shared concert tour with dance artists from Virginia and West Virginia.

Both evening performances are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis; seating is limited. A schedule of both concerts and a list of participating groups are attached.

The West Virginia Dance Festival presents dance professionals leading workshops and classes, performance situations and a focus on dance as an art form. Thirty dance groups consisting of more than 300 dancers will participate in this year’s festival. Classes begin on Friday, April 30, and continue throughout the three-day festival.

For more information about the 2004 West Virginia Dance Festival or other programs of the Division of Culture and History, call (304) 558-0220.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

2004 West Virginia Dance Festival Performers
Friday, April 30, 2004 Performing Groups
(in order of appearance)

The Art Center School of Dance
Ella Hay, director

feMo Dance Theatre
Bess Park Reynolds, director

Inwood Performing Arts Company
Denna Smith, director

Guest Artist
Shane O’Hara

Capital High School
A. Michelle Legg, director

Beckley Dance Theatre
Jerry Rose, director

River City Youth Ballet Ensemble
Michelle Raider, director

West Virginia Wesleyan College
Bess Park Reynolds, director

Princeton Dance Studio
Janis Gunnoe, director

Pineville Dance Theatre
Toneta Akers-Toler, director

Oglebay Institute School of Dance
Cheryl L. Pompeo, director

Huntington Dance Theatre
Amy McElroy, director

Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company
Suzy Gunter, director

Saturday, May 1, 2004, Performing Groups
(in order of appearance)

Beckley Dance Theatre School
Jerry Rose, director

Schrader Youth Ballet
Velma Schrader, director

Tully Monster
Katie Gibson, director

Morgantown Dance Studio
Eunice Stafford/Liz Finklea, directors

Momentum Center for the Arts
Beth Weegar, director

Trillium Performing Youth
Beth White, director

Guest Artists
Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews

Augusta Youth Ballet Company
Nina M. Scattaregia, director

Alchemy Dance Project
Angela Dennis, director

Inwood Dance Company
Denna Smith, director

Guest Artists
Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews

West Virginia Dance Company
Toneta Akers-Toler, director

Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company School
Suzy Gunter, director

Charleston Ballet
Kim R. Pauley, director

2004 West Virginia Dance Festival Participating Groups

Alchemy Dance Project
Angela Dennis, director
Morgantown

The Art Center School of Dance
Ella Hay, director
Huntington

Augusta Youth Ballet Company
Dance Factory
Nina Scattaregia, director
Buckhannon

Beckley Dance Theater
Dance Theater School
Jerry Rose, director
Beckley

Charleston Ballet
Kim R. Pauley, director
Charleston

Capital High School
A. Michelle Legg, director
Charleston

Dance Theater Workshop
Dawn M. Loreman, director
Beckley

Huntington Dance Theatre
Amy McElroy, director
Huntington

Inwood Performing Arts School
Inwood Dance Company
Denna Smith, director
Inwood

Mary’s School of Dance
Mary Wuletich, director
Charleston

Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company
Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company School
Suzy Gunter, director
Parkersburg

Momentum Center for the Arts
Beth Weegar, director
Clarksburg

Morgantown Dance Studio
Eunice Stafford/Liz Finklea, directors
Morgantown

Oglebay Institute School of Dance
Cheryl Pompeo, director
Wheeling

Princeton Dance Studio
Janis Gunnoe, director
Princeton

River City Youth Ballet
Michelle Raider, director
Elkview

Schrader Youth Ballet
Velma Schrader, director
Parkersburg

Summersville Dance Theatre School
Paige Haney, director
Summersville

Trillium Performing Youth
Beth White, director
Lewisburg

Tully Monster
Katie Gibson, director
Lewisburg

Village Dance Theatre
Elizabeth Withers, director
Huntington

West Virginia Dance Company
Pineville Dance Theatre
Toneta Akers-Toler, director
Beckley

West Virginia Wesleyan College
Dance Theatre
Bess Park Reynolds
Buckhannon

Wyoming East High School
Lisa Giffen Oxley, director
New Richmond

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