Hamilton’s Department of Dance and Movement Studies will present its annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and Performing Arts. The performance will feature student dancers and choreography by Hamilton faculty Elaine Heekin, Sandra Stanton, Bruce Walczyk and Paris Wilcox in addition to guest choreographer Mikhail Ilyin.
Elaine Heekin is re-staging “Soundround,” an ensemble work originally choreographed in 2002. The piece involves an interplay among various percussive movement/sounds including vocal work (Richard Lloyd), drums (Sharon McGuire), stepping (Michael Reyes and Ricardo Welch) and movement (Andraya Cole, Kendra O’Connor, and Alexandra Walker). The “dialogue” among the Hamilton performers provides a fun and lighthearted atmosphere as they bounce off each other’s sound score.
Mikhail Ilyin will present “Schumman Sonatas” set to the music of Robert Schumman. The performers will be Hamilton students Leah Berryhill, Katherine Bishop, Erika Craven, Hannah Cook, Emma Geduldig, Jaclyn Kogler, Megan Lander, Marla Marquez, and Xenia Tiajoloff.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mikhail Ilyin graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1998. In 1999, he joined the Boston Ballet for two years, then Miami City where he became in principal in 2003. Ilyin has performed, taught and choreographed across the United States, including the Miami City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet schools. He has been an artist-in-residence with Ballet Mississippi since 2005 and joined the American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2008.
Sandra Stanton is a lecturer in dance and movement studies at Hamilton. She received her B.F. A. in dance from the Juilliard School and is also an alumna of North Carolina School of the Arts. Stanton will present “Reverie” performed by Hamilton students Emily Rivera and Michael Reyes set to music by Richard Lloyd and Franz Schubert.
Bruce Walczyk is presenting “A Quarter to Twelve” set to the music of Lucci & Cruz and Richard Lloyd. The piece is described: “The scientists are out to capture and experiment on the elusive and legendary Big Ones. At night they use mating sounds to attract and catch a pair. Sometimes scientists should watch out for what they ask for.” Hamilton performers will include Tiffany Andrade, Ted Barrett, Aaron Danilack, Ayebea Darko, Beril Esen, Jason Gardepe, William Godinez, Grace Lee, Weconday Murray, Michael Reyes, Alexandra Rimmer, Minhoon Sohn, Alexandra Walker and Camron Waugh.
Hamilton alumnus Paris Wilcox is a lecturer in dance and movement studies at Hamilton. He has restaged a piece “Swallowtail Reel” originally choreographed by his late mentor Associate Professor of Dance Leslie Norton. The piece was commissioned by The Utica DanceWorks and was later selected for performance at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. Hamilton performers will include Emma Geduldig, Megan Lander, and Xenia Tiajoloff.
Tickets for this event are $5 for adults/ $3 for senior citizens and students. For more information call (315) 859-4331 or visit: www.hamiltonpa.org.