Free dance performance showcases talented dancers, renowned choreographers

The Syracuse University Summer Dance Intensive Program will hold a free dance performance at Syracuse Stage on Saturday, July 30, from 1- 2 p.m. The performance showcases the talent of students who have completed three weeks of rigorous study with world-renowned faculty. The diversity and brevity of this free performance is the perfect cultural event for both children and adults.

The program will feature a classical ballet accompanied by Johann Strauss’ overture from Die Fledermaus, choreographed by Momchil Mladenov. Former Syracuse native Evelyn Kocak, currently with the Pennsylvania Ballet, will perform a variation from Swan Lake, music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The audience will enjoy an upbeat contemporary ballet to the music of Zap Mamma and choreographed by Kathryn Posin.

Other works on the program include a section from Fosse’s “Chicago,” student choreographed collaborative work and a jazz selection choreographed by Brandon Ellis. A special tribute to Jenni-Lyn Watson will be performed by Corcoran High School graduate Margaret Moreno, this year’s recipient of the newly created Jenni-Lyn Watson Scholarship. The scholarship was established at the Central New York Community Foundation in memory of Watson, whose life was tragically cut short last November when she returned home to Clay for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Watson family established the fund to create opportunities for local dance students.

The program is administered by University College of Syracuse University. Information about the Summer Dance Intensive can be found at