Erie Festival of Dance: “Best Dance Performance of the Year” Just Around the Corner
By Melanie Augenstein – Starlite Events by Design
Mark your calendars, don’t miss a beat . . . one of the city’s most anticipated dance extrava-ganzas is about to transform Mercyhurst University’s D’Angelo Performing Arts Center into a multi-cultural hub of entertainment. Hosted by the Erie Dance Consortium, this 7th biennial celebration of music and dance will take place on Saturday, January 26th with performances at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.
Every two years, over 25 diverse dance troupes from throughout the region choose to show-case some of their most exquisite choreographed pieces in Erie’s own festival of dance. Com-panies have traveled from large cities including Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Cleveland to take part in this event. This year, “The Tamburitzan’s”, a multi-cultural song and dance company from Duquesne University will grace our hometown stage. One of the local, familiar faces that will be featured at the festival is professional dancer, Brett Fallon, who will perform a captivating solo dance piece. As Founding Artistic Director of Dance Elite* Performance Com-pany, Fallon will also be showcased with members of his company’s Therapeutic Dance Pro-ject.
As a supplement to the spectacular performances, local dancers will have the opportunity to take part in a “Community Class”, conducted by “The Tamburitzan’s”. This fun and entertain-ing class takes place on stage between the two performances … and ALL are encouraged to join in! Over 4500 dancers have had the benefit of participating in Erie Festival of Dance and its associated activities.
In addition to the audience of thousands that have enjoyed this dance showcase, Erie Dance Consortium is proud to say that it has distributed complimentary tickets to the under-served population, thanks to the support of its community sponsors. This must-see event has also enriched the lives of thousands of the city’s children, by providing them educational outreach performances.
Don’t miss out … gather your family and friends for an astonishing display of talent that will heat up even the chilliest winter day!!