Annual Spring Dance Concerts 2017

The Ballet Program of the Spring Dance Concerts will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 7:00, and Saturday, May 27 at 2:00 and the Jazz/Tap/Contemporary Programs will be held on Friday, May 26 at 7:00 and May 27 at 7:00. All performances take place in the Wellin Hall, Schambach Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.

Show Dates/Times:

Thursday, May 25 at 7pm - Ballet
Friday, May 26 at 7pm - Jazz
Saturday, May 27 at 2pm - Ballet
Saturday, May 27 at 7pm - Jazz

Ticket Price (advance): $10.00


"Graduation Ball" staged by Nancy Long, Lynn Bollana after David Lichine
Dancers from left: Melina Chhit, Isabella Pedulla, Noah Price, Mary McEvoy-Melo, Jessica

The Thursday night and Saturday matinee repertory program opens with reconstructions of two short ballets. "Graduation Ball" staged after David Lichine is a wildly entertaining story ballet about the escapades of young women and men meeting for the first time at a ball. Guest dancer Nik Allen will partner alternately Isabella Pedulla and Mary McEvoy-Melo in the lead Pas De Deux. The role of the ‘Pigtail’ girl, a bold and flirtatious girl in outrageous pigtails, will be shared by Mia Dischiavo and Michelle Casab. In the end, however, the Headmistress and Head Master appear to have had the most fun of the evening. "Raymonda Variations," performed by twelve dancers in elegant white and gold tutus, has been staged by Lynn Bollana and Nancy Long after the choreography of Marius Petipa.

"Elfrida and the Pig," an adaptation of a children’s book will appeal to audiences of all ages. Jessica Drager will dance the role of Elfrida, a serious child who goes on an adventure one night with her friend the Pig to discover what is happening down the lane. As the doll-maker, Mr. Manypenny, G. Roberts Kolb will bring new life to old, discarded dolls with delightful humor.

"Down to the River" choreography by Kathy Ryan
Dancers clockwise from left: Megan Raab, Melina Chhit, Alexia Canarelli, Jessica Drager, Abagail Friedel

The Jazz Program, a compilation of jazz, tap, and contemporary works will be performed on Thursday and Friday and feature Kathy Ryan’s glorious dance celebration, "Down to the River." Audiences will be moved by the sea of dancers in swirling skirts, set to a collection of spirituals and songs of the South. The graduating seniors, Alexia Canarelli, Melina Chhit, Jessica Drager, Abagail Friedel, and Megan Raab are among the thirty dancers for their final performances.

This year Kathy Ryan will premiere two new works: "Five Points," a tap dance that evokes the memories of historic New York City street life, and "His Serenade," a contemporary dance which will be danced by the senior ensemble. Lindsey LaFountain will premiere her modern work, "All On That Day" to the music of Nina Simone.

An audience favorite, "I Like Mike" features a large and enthusiastic group of highly talented young dancers who will dance to the music of Michael Jackson in a fast-paced and entertaining piece.