Steffi Nossen Gala Dance Benefit Concert

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Saturday, March 28, 2015
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm


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The Steffi Nossen School of Dance (SNSD) is celebrating our 78th Annual Benefit March 28. The three day dance concert series includes two nights of Community Concerts culminating in Saturday evening’s Benefit Concert and accompanying Silent Auction, a gala fundraiser featuring the school’s top pre-professional ensembles. Attendance at the Community Concerts is free for clients of local rehabilitation, social service and community organizations.

The Concerts will take place at the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center. Curtain time for the Thursday and Friday Community Concerts is 6:15 PM. The Saturday Gala curtain is 8:00 PM, preceded by cocktails and a Silent Auction viewing which begins at 6:00 PM.

The Gala Honoree is Nancy Lushington, the current artistic advisor and former artistic director of the Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation. Nancy will receive the award for Outstanding Contributions to the Steffi Nossen Community for her decades of artistic contributions to our student body and audience. The Steffi Nossen Dance Company will revive Ms. Lushington’s 2003 work, “Constructive Interference” in acknowledgment of the extraordinary legacy Ms. Lushington has imparted on our students.

Nancy Lushington graduated with departmental honors in dance from Adelphi University. She danced as a soloist with the May O’Donnell Concert Dance Company for over 15 years. She has performed professionally with the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Theater Dance Collection, The Asolo Opera, and Verlezza Dance, as well as in Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” at the Kennedy Center. She has appeared on television in May O’Donnell’s Dance Energies, Mass, and was a featured dancer in a national commercial choreographed by Lynne Taylor Corbett. She is one of the few dancers who set Ms. O’Donnell’s works both in the US and abroad. She has choreographed over 30 works for colleges, universities and regional companies. Ms. Lushington teaches internationally annually in Cyprus, Graz Austria and at Bolzano Danza in Italy. She has also taught Master Classes in Ferrara, Barcelona, London and throughout the United States. She has served on the faculty at Adelphi University, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and The New York School for Film and Television, Stephens College and was the Artistic Director of the Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation for 19 years. She is currently at Marymount Manhattan College, and Montclair State University. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the O’Donnell Green Foundation for Music and Dance.

Presented will be premieres of new work by guest choreographers Taylor Drury, an alumna of the Juilliard School and cast member of Sleep No More and Tisch School of the Arts graduate Rachel Hagan, artistic director of CEMA Dance. They will join Steffi Nossen School of Dance faculty choreographer/teachers Annie Doss and Fatima Logan who are creating new work on the school’s Master Classes. Producer Gierre Godley, artistic director of Project 44 will create a solo for Chappaqua high school senior and Steffi Nossen Dance Company President Allison Dammann. The Company will also perform Mt. Kisco native and Steffi Nossen alumna Jessica DiMauro’s “a través de sus ojos”.
Presented will be premieres of new work by guest choreographers Taylor Drury, an alumna of the Juilliard School and cast member of Sleep No More and Tisch School of the Arts graduate Rachel Hagan, artistic director of CEMA Dance. They will join Steffi Nossen School of Dance faculty choreographer/teachers Annie Doss and Fatima Logan who are creating new work on the school’s Master Classes. Producer Gierre Godley, artistic director of Project 44 will create a solo for Chappaqua high school senior and Steffi Nossen Dance Company President Allison Dammann. The Company will also perform Mt. Kisco native and Steffi Nossen alumna Jessica DiMauro’s “a través de sus ojos”. The Friday and Saturday concerts will feature a special performance by Verlezza Dance, a company of professional dancers of various abilities, rooted in the classical modern dance traditions of the May O’Donnell technique that explores individuals’ creative potential regardless of what is traditionally perceived as limitations.

Show producer Gierre Godley says of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance, “Now in its 78th year we happily preserve and celebrate the diverse legacy of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance. While honoring the remarkable Nancy Lushington, artistic director of SNDF for 19 years, we are excited to connect our dancers and audience to new artistic voices.”
Show producer Gierre Godley says of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance, “Now in its 78th year we happily preserve and celebrate the diverse legacy of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance. While honoring the remarkable Nancy Lushington, artistic director of SNDF for 19 years, we are excited to connect our dancers and audience to new artistic voices.”



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SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Times: 6:00 pm - 10:45 pm

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Presenter: Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation
Presenter Phone: 9143281900
Presenter Website: www.steffinossen.org



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