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Modern dance based on generations

Annual Goose Route Dance Festival begins Friday

Annual Goose Route Dance Festival begins Friday

July 13, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Grandmothers will inspire dancers at the Goose Route Dance Festival, a days-long ode to contemporary dance.

The sixth annual Goose Route Dance Festival will take place the weekends of July 14, 15 and 16 and July 21, 22 and 23 in Shepherdstown. The festival features lectures, workshops and performances from eight dance companies.

New this year is the "Grandmother Project," choreography based on how people remember their grandmothers. Earlier this month in Shepherdstown, Vincent Thomas, artistic director of the Baltimore-based VTDance company, hosted two community forums about grandmothers. Thomas' performance Sunday will be derived from the talks, organizers said.




Goose Route Dance Festival schedule



Friday, July 14:

1:30 p.m. - Children's dance class. Martinsburg Public Library Children's Department. Free.

4 p.m. - Family show. Adults not admitted without a child. War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St. Pay what you can.

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Saturday, July 15 - events will be held at the War Memorial Building:

9:30 a.m. - Dance class for children ages 7 to 12. Pay what you can.

10:30 a.m. - Modern dance technique and improvisation class for teens and adults. $10.

Sunday, July 16 - all events will be held at the War Memorial Building:

10:30 a.m. - "Write for Dance" workshop taught by Christal Brown, of INSPIRT dance company. $10.

4 p.m. - Performance featuring Christal Brown of INSPIRIT, Vincent Thomas of VTDance and Kitty Clark of Goose Route Arts Collaborative. $15 at the door; $10 for seniors.

Friday, July, 21:

4 p.m. - Family show. Adults not admitted without a child. War Memorial Building. Pay what you can.

Saturday, July 22 - all events will be held at the War Memorial Building:

9:30 a.m. - Dance class for children ages 7 to 12. Pay what you can.

10:30 a.m. - Modern dance technique and improvisation class for teens and adults. $10.

5 p.m. - Preperformance talk. Free.

6 p.m. - Performance featuring Jeslyn Dance Gallery, Clare Byrne Dance and Michele Dunleavy. $15 at the door; $10 for seniors.

Sunday, July 23 - all events will be held at the War Memorial Building:

10:30 a.m. - Modern dance technique and improvisation class for teens and adults. $10.

4 p.m. - Performance featuring Clare Byrne Dance, Sharon Mansur and Kara Tatelbaum. $15 at the door; $10 for seniors.

For more information, call festival founder Kitty Clark at 304-876-6751 or visit GooseRoute.org on the Web.

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