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Guest artists to perform at the 2002 West Virginia Dance Festival

James Fayette and Kathleen Tracey will perform as guest artists during the 7 p.m. program on Saturday, April 27, in the Cultural Center’s West Virginia State Theater when the West Virginia Division of Culture and History presents the 2002 West Virginia Dance Festival. Fayette and Tracey are soloists with the New York City Ballet.

The festival runs April 26 - 28. Two nights of performances begin on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m., and will showcase the talent of West Virginia dancers who come to perform and take classes from the nationally acclaimed festival faculty. The Friday concert will include 20 West Virginia dance groups and modern dance ensembles featuring Shane O’Hara, Cynthia Thompson and Kate Trammell. On Saturday, 16 more groups will perform in addition to Fayette and Tracey (bios attached).

Both evening performances are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis and seating is limited. A list of the performing Mountain State dance groups is on the back of this page.

Thirty-nine dance groups will participate in this year’s festival. More than 450 dancers from West Virginia schools and companies were adjudicated in advance and will take part in classes and performances. For more information about the 2002 West Virginia Dance Festival or other programs of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, call (304) 558-0162.

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 for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Friday, April 26, 2002, Performing Groups
(in order of appearance)

Momentum Dance Center, Clarksburg
Michael McGowan, director

American Academy Ballet, Charleston
Kim Pauley, director

Trillium Performing Youth, Lewisburg
Beth White, director

The Art Center School of Dance, Huntington
Ella Hay, director

Wyoming East High School, Beckley
Lisa Griffin Oxley, director

Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Arts Academy, Parkersburg
Suzy Gunter, director

Greenbrier Dance Academy, Lewisburg
Ginny Walls, director

Green River Dance Theater, Alderson
Rachel Blue Biesemeyer, director

feMo Dance Theatre, Huntington
Bess Park Reynolds, director

Inwood Dance Company, Inwood
Denna Smith/Shan Dai, directors

Alderson Dance Ensemble, Alderson
Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer, director

Guest Artists
Cynthia Thompson, Kate Trammell

Greenbrier Dance Theatre Company, Lewisburg
Ginny Walls, director

Zenith Dance Theatre, Sweet Springs
Carli Mareneck, director

Capital High School, Charleston
A. Michelle Legg, director

Guest Artist
Shane O’Hara

Concord Dance Ensemble, Athens
Antoinette Lewis, director

River City Youth Ballet, Charleston
Michelle Rader, director

Siren, Morgantown
Jennifer Thomas/Michelle Hatcher, directors

Augusta Youth Ballet Company, Buckhannon
Nina Scattaregia, director

Saturday, April 27,2002, Performing Groups
(in order of appearance)

Kitchen Sink Dance Company, Clarksburg
Michael McGowan, director

Schrader Youth Ballet, Parkersburg
Velma Schrader, director

Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company, Parkersburg
Suzy Gunter, director

Beckley Dance Theatre School, Beckley
Jerry Rose, director

Kat & Co. Dance Studio, Westover
Katreena Snyder, director

Trillium Performing Arts Collective, Lewisburg
Barbara Michaelson, Beth White, Carli Mareneck, directors

Huntington Dance Theatre, Huntington
Amy L. McElroy, director

Guest Artists
James Fayette and Kathleen Tracey

Beckley Dance Theatre, Beckley
Jerry Rose, director

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

Morgantown Dance Studio, Morgantown
Liz Finklea, Eunice Kim, directors

West Virginia Wesleyan College Dance Company, Buckhannon
Bess Park Reynolds, director

Guest Artists
James Fayette and Kathleen Tracey

Pineville Dance Theatre, Beckley
Toneta Akers-Toler, director

January’s Academy of Dance, Charleston
January Johnson Wolfe

Charleston Ballet, Charleston
Kim Pauley, director

Guest Artists for the 2002 West Virginia Dance Festival

James Fayette

James Fayette began his ballet training at age five at the Patricia Schuster School of Ballet. In 1985 he entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet (NYCB). He became an apprentice with the NYCB in 1990, joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 1991 and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1997.

Fayette has appeared in many works from the NYCB’s vast repertory, dancing featured roles in George Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Firebird and The Nutcracker; Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, Interplay, In the Night and Ives; Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries, Morgen, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty; Richard Tanner’s Ancient Airs and Dances; Kevin O’Day’s Badchonim (merrymakers) and Huoah; and Miriam Mahdaviani’s Correlazione among others. Fayette also has originated roles in Martins’ Harmonielehre, Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements) and Reliquary; Tanner’s Episodes and Sarcasms and Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Chiaroscuro to name a few.

Fayette has made guest appearances with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Dances Patrelle, Ballet, Inc. and the Columbia Artists Tour. For the last four years, he has taken a group of dancers to Manchester, Vermont, for benefit performances and led a performing tour of northern Italy. Most recently, Fayette has begun guest teaching at various ballet schools and is pursuing an undergraduate degree at Fordham University.

Kathleen Tracey

Kathleen Tracey was born in Pueblo, Colorado where she studied at the Ballet Theatre of Pueblo. She first attended a summer course at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet (NYCB), in 1983 and entered the winter session on scholarship in 1984. She participated in the Danish-American national Cultural Exchange Program in 1987, spending three weeks training with the Royal Danish Ballet and then joined the NYCB in 1987 as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1993.
Tracey has performed numerous featured roles including George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Coppelia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Raymonda Variations, and Swan Lake; Jerome Robbins’ The Four Seasons, Goldberg Variations, Opus 19/The Dreamer, and Piano Pieces; Peter Martins’ Ash, Black and White, Delight of the Muses, and The Sleeping Beauty; and Twyla Tharp’s The Beethoven Seventh, among others. She also has originated roles in Martins’ Reliquary and Slonimsky’s Earbox; David Allan’s Pastoral Dances; and Trey McIntyre’s Steel and Rain to name a few.
Tracey has toured extensively, both with the NYCB and on independent tours, including trips to Italy, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In addition, she appeared in the film version of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, produced by Elektra Entertainment/New Regency Enterprises.