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Guest artists to perform at the 2003 West Virginia Dance Festival

Christina Fagundes and Todd Fox will perform as guest artists during the 7 p.m. program on Saturday, May 3, in the Cultural Center’s West Virginia State Theater when the West Virginia Division of Culture and History presents the 2003 West Virginia Dance Festival. This year marks the 22nd year of the event.

Fagundes was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join the American Ballet Theatre in 1985, and he appointed her soloist in 1989. Since 1999, she has been a principal dancer with Suzanne Farrell Ballet, dancing leads in Balanchine’s Apollo, Divertimento #15, Tzigane, Elegie and Meditation, among others. She also has appeared as a principal guest artist with many European dance companies as well as regional companies throughout the United States.

Fox has been a principal dancer with the Cleveland Ballet, Venezuela’s Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas, Los Angeles Classical Ballet and the New York City-based Dance Galaxy, to name a few. His performance repertoire includes Algrecht in Lavrosky’s Giselle, Pas de Cinq in Rudolph Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty, the title role in Le Sylphide, Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, the Angel in Rudolph Van Dantzig’s Four Last Songs, and much more.

The festival runs May 2-4. Two nights of performances, beginning on Friday, May 2, 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 15 West Virginia dance groups and the modern dance ensemble thompson & trammell featuring Cynthia Thompson and Kate Trammell, both of whom are professors of dance at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. In addition, the Friday program will begin with a special tribute to Duncan Noble, who served as honorary chairman of the festival until his death last year. On Saturday, in addition to Fagundes and Fox, 14 more West Virginia groups will perform.

Thompson and Trammell founded their modern dance ensemble in 1983. The company maintains a repertoire of commissioned works and dances created by its founders. It has performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States and toured in Denmark, Poland, Portugal, Germany and the former Czechoslovakia.

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-six dance groups consisting of more than 350 dancers will participate in this year’s festival. Classes begin on Friday, May 2, and continue throughout the three-day festival.

For more information about the 2003 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.


2003 West Virginia Dance Festival Performers


Friday, May 2, 2003 Performing Groups
(in order of appearance)

Tribute to Duncan Noble
Dancers from various companies

Capital High School Dance Company
A. Michelle Legg, director

Schrader Youth Ballet
Velma Schrader, director

Huntington Dance Theatre
Amy McElroy, director

Wyoming East High School Dance Ensemble
Lisa Griffin Oxley, director

Art Center School of Dance
Ella Hay, director

American Academy Ballet
Kim R. Pauley, director

River City Youth Ballet Ensemble
Michelle Raider, director

Guest Artists
thompson & trammell

Schrader Youth Ballet School
Velma Schrader, director

Greenbrier Dance Academy
Virginia L. Walls, director

The Dance Factory
Nina M. Scattaregia, director

Trillium Performing Youth
Beth White, director

Olgebay Institute, Stifel Fine Arts Center
Cheryl Pompeo, director

West Virginia Wesleyan College Dance Company
Bess Park Reynolds, director

JADCO
January Johnson Wolfe, director

Beckley Dance Theatre School
Jerry Rose, director

Saturday, May 3, 2003 Performing Groups
(in order of appearance)

Kat & Company Dance Studio
Katreena Snyder, director

Pineville Dance Theatre
Toneta Akers-Toler, director

Inwood Dance Company
Denna Smith, director

Trillium Performing Arts Collective
Carli Mareneck, director
and
feMo Dance Theatre
Bess Park Reynolds, director

Augusta Youth Ballet Company
Nina Scattaregia, director

Siren Dance Company
Jennifer Thomas, director

January’s Academy of Dance
January Johnson Wolfe, director

Guest Artists
Christina Fagundes and Todd Fox

Charleston Ballet
Kim R. Pauley, director

West Virginia Dance Company
Toneta Akers-Toler, director

Princeton Dance Studio
Janis Gunnoe, director

Guest Artist
Christina Fagundes

Alderson Dance Ensemble
Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer, director

Morgantown Dance Studio
Eunice Kim, director
Liz Finklea, administrative director

Beckley Dance Theatre
Jerry Rose, director

Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company and School
Suzy Gunter, director

Alderson Dance Ensemble
Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer, director
Alderson

Art Center School of Dance
Ella Hay, director
Huntington

Beckley Dance Theatre School
Beckley Dance Theatre
Jerry Rose, director
Beckley

Capital High School Dance Company
A. Michelle Legg, director
Charleston

Charleston Ballet
American Academy Ballet
Kim R. Pauley, director
Charleston

The Dance Factory
Augusta Youth Ballet
Nina M. Scattaregia, director
Buckhannon

Dance Theatre Workshop
Dawn Loreman, director
Beckley

Greenbrier Dance Academy
Virginia L. Walls, director
Lewisburg

Huntington Dance Theater
Amy McElroy, director
Huntington

Inwood Dance Company
Denna Smith, director
Inwood

January’s Academy of Dance
JADCO
January Johnson Wolfe
Charleston

Kat & Company Dance Studio
Dance Studio
Katreena Snyder
Morgantown
Mary’s School of Dance
Mary Wuletich
Charleston

Mid Ohio Valley Ballet School and Company
Suzy Gunter
Parkersburg

Momentum Center For the Arts
Beth Weegar, director
Clarksburg

Morgantown Dance Studio
Liz Finklea/Eunice Kim, directors
Morgantown

Oglebay Institute, Stifel Fine Arts Center
Cheryl Pompeo, director
Wheeling

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

Princeton Dance Studio
Janis Gunnoe, director
Princeton

River City Youth Ballet Ensemble
Michelle Raider, director
Elkview

Schrader Youth Ballet and Company
Velma Schrader, director
Parkersburg

Summersville Dance Theater School
Paige Haney, director
Summersville

Trillium Performing Youth
Beth White, director
Lewisburg

Trillium Performing Arts Collective
Carli Mareneck, director
Lewisburg

Village Dance Theater
Elizabeth Withers, director
Huntington

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

Wyoming East High School Dance Ensemble
Lisa Griffin Oxley, director
New Richmond

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Ginny Painter
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Phone (304) 558-0220
Fax (304) 558-2779
ginny.painter@wvculture.org