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Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation Celebrates the School’s 81st Anniversary With Concerts and Gala

Admission to March 30 and 31 Performances are Free for Clients of Local Non-Profit Agencies

Contact: Judy Ross: 914-328-1900; [email protected]

 White Plains, NY- The Steffi Nossen School of Dance is celebrating its 81st anniversary with a three dance concert series   April 12, 13, and 14. The concerts will honor the organization’s Community Relations Director, Judith Ross, for her outreach efforts breaking down barriers so that all members of the Community have access to enjoy dance. They will take place at the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center.  Curtain time for the Thursday Community Concert and Friday Benefit Concert is 6:30 PM.  The Saturday Gala curtain is at 7:30 PM, Attendance at the Community Concert and Benefit Concert are free for clients of local social service, rehabilitation, and community organizations.

We are delighted that the Gala Concert, raising funds for the Foundation’s outreach and financial aid programs, will feature performances by choreographer/dancer and Steffi Nossen alumna, Pam Tanowitz and Sabatino Verlezza.

Pam Tanowitz’ eponymous dance company has been selected by The New York Times Best of Dance series in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Pam Tanowitz was the winner of the Juried Bessie Award for her work, “the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces”. Pam, a native of New Rochelle, is the recipient of the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Cage Cunningham Fellowship. Over the past 15 years she has become known for her unflinchingly post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary. Her abstract movement challenges stylistic expectations, conventions of composition as well as the concert-going experience itself. Since then the company has received commissions and residencies at prestigious performance venues such as The Joyce Theater, Bard Summerscape Festival, New York Live Arts, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Chicago Dancing Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. The company has been selected by The New York Times Best of Dance series in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  In 2016, she was the winner of the Juried Bessie Award for her work, “the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces”. She is the recipient of the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Cage Cunningham Fellowship.

Sabatino Verlezza, with his wife, Barbara Verlezza and Nancy Lushington, launched the Steffi Nossen School of Dance’s Moving Wheels & Heels program of adaptive dance classes in 2003, and has returned each summer since to run its adaptive Summer Dance Intensive and Camp.  He will show a new work choreographed on members of Heidi Latsky Dance, a diverse company of dancers having unique attributes that seeks to bring rigorous, passionate and provocative contemporary dance to diverse audiences.

Verlezza is the Artistic Director of Verlezza Dance (NYC) and ILLUMINATIONS Dance Company (MO). He currently teaches at Marymount Manhattan College and is a partner with the 6 Hairy Legs (NC) a dance, wellness fitness platform for people and their dogs He has choreographed for Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Joffrey II, Christopher Walken, Ben Vereen, and Billy Idol.   His work has been described by Jennifer Dunning in the New York Times as “…finely detailed and beautifully crafted…”  He is a company member of Heidi Latsky Dance and is honored to be associated with the Steffi Nossen Foundation.

Also on the program will the school’s top pre-professional ensembles presenting new work choreographed by Maxine Steinman, Matthew James, and Gierre Godley.  They will join Steffi Nossen School of Dance faculty choreographer/teachers Annie Doss and Jessica DiMauro, the Foundation’s Artistic Director, who are creating new work on the school’s Master Classes, Dance Theater Group, and Steffi Nossen Dance Company.

A pre-concert Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction will raise funds for the school’s outreach, special needs, and financial aid programs.

Tickets are available to the general public as follows: Friday: Benefit Concerts are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors; Gala Concert tickets range from $50 – $175.   Tickets can be purchased online at steffinossen.org or by calling 914-328-1900. Please inquire about bringing your group to the Thursday or Friday outreach concerts.

About Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation:

The Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, formerly the Dance in Education Fund, is a not-for-profit dance advocacy and community outreach organization, which seeks to foster the arts in Westchester County. The Foundation supports and promotes arts, allowing for dance education and performances to be available to broad and diverse populations. Through significant artist support, outreach classes and free performances, the Foundation introduces dance to traditionally underserved children and adults. Through the support of the Foundation, the Steffi Nossen School of Dance enables all students, including those with special needs, the opportunity to participate in their extensive programs and classes in a non-competitive environment. A generous financial aid and scholarship program supports those with significant economic challenges. With a sterling reputation in the industry and a rich 80-year history, Steffi Nossen is a leader among dance schools, focusing on the growth of students’ mind, body, spirit, and character.