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Dance Troupe Spends Summer Teaching and Performing in East Hampton

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A performance by BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance. Photo courtesy of Teresa Fellion. Photography by Andy Phillips

By Mara Certic

Teresa Fellion was a hyperactive toddler. When she was about two-and-a half, her mother decided it was time to get her involved in an energy-expending hobby. And that’s how she started dancing.

Ms. Fellion’s New York City-based dance company, “Body Stories: Teresa Fellion Dance,” returns to the East End this summer to teach, perform and inspire.

In the past, the contemporary dance troupe has held a few performances on the East End during the busy summer season. This year, however, a partnership with the Ross School’s summer camp program will have the modern dancers posted in East Hampton until mid-August.

Ms. Fellion was traditionally trained in a regional ballet company, but her dancing is anything but traditional. Since she graduated from college, Ms. Fellion has had quite an eclectic dancing career. In a phone interview on Sunday she told the story of how she danced with Phish at their would-be farewell concert.

“My brother is a huge Phish fan, and in 2004 they were breaking up and it was a big thing. I had just graduated from conservatory and I knew I wanted to choreograph—I wanted to make dances,” she said. “And I thought to myself, ‘I bet they need dancers!’”

According to Ms. Fellion, Trey Anastasio and the other members of the band were receptive to a press kit that she put together after her epiphany and “they invited us to perform five or six times with them at the Coventry Festival in Vermont on several different stages.” Plans fell through to do a warehouse performance for a recent album, but Ms. Fellion added that “I’m in touch with [Phish]; someday we’ll do something with them again.”

Ms. Fellion, three teachers from her company and an intern will run the dance curriculum during the seven weeks of the camp. Summer Camp at Ross offers 27 one- or two-week long “majors” that allow participants to explore a certain area in depth, be it dodge ball, surfing, photography or dance.

Those who choose the dance major will learn about technique, improvisation and composition—and even learn some parts of the company’s current repertory.

Like Ms. Fellion, many of the dancers in her company are classically trained and will teach that technical precision during the summer program at Ross. Ms. Fellion also looks for something else: “diverse backgrounds, that’s something that I covet,” she said.

Ms. Fellion spent a year dancing in Cameroon and performed at the country’s national soccer cup finals. “I had never been to a soccer game before. I went to the national soccer cup finals, the stadium was on fire and then you’re on the field, dancing in the halftime show,” she said. “It was a real out of body experience.”

“I want dancers with that versatility,” she said.

But the classes will also be geared toward the students’ needs, she said. A large portion of them will be dedicated to improvisation and composition exercises. “We very much want the students to have self-generated movement,” the dancer said.

In addition to the classes at the camp, the company will also put on a series of drop-in workshops (pre-registration requested!) for adults on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Again, she will cater to her students’ needs and mentioned that she is yoga-certified, and that she could happily teach a yoga class but “if people want to incorporate dance into yoga that’s a class I do too.”

One class would be what she described as a “dance/fitness/fun class.” “This will meet everyone’s needs. It’s lively, there’s some conditioning but also dancing for expression,” she said, adding that all of her classes are open level.

 

For those who would rather observe, on top of a few informal performances for campers, the company will dance for the public on Thursday, July 31, and Saturday, August 2.

 

“The show will be a mix of four of our five active repertory pieces,” she said.

 

“No One Gets Out of Here Alive,” is a humorous tongue-in-cheek piece about junior high school. Whereas “Fault Line” is an all-female piece that starts out balletic “and then gets more and more intense.” “The Mantises Are Flipping (P.S. I’ll Have Whatever They’re Having)” has amusing moments but also “interesting partnering” she said. “They are all so different.”

“Art of Dance” Brings Artwork to Life on Stage in Southampton

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The company at Studio 3 practice. Photo courtesy Studio 3.

The company at Studio 3 practice. Photo courtesy Studio 3.

By Tessa Raebeck

In its annual spring production, Southampton dance center Studio 3 will bring famous works of art to life on stage in “The Art of Dance.”

For two nights, Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, the local dance school will bring works from artists as varied as Degas, Matisse and Banksy alive in the form of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical dance.

Ballet dancers rehearse at Studio 3 in Southampton. Photo courtesy Studio 3.

Ballet dancers rehearse at Studio 3 in Southampton. Photo courtesy Studio 3.

Diane and Meredith Shumway, the owner and assistant director of Studio 3, respectively, together with up-and-coming students-turned-choreographers Thomas Gallo, Liam Gifkins, and Jenna Mazanowski, have drawn inspiration from art to choreograph, costume and develop a variety of pieces.

“The best part of developing each piece was the learning process for the teachers, as well as the students,” said dance teacher and Studio 3 assistant director Meredith Shumway. “We are going above and beyond this year because students aren’t just dancing to music on a stage, they are expressing the mood, feeling, color, pattern and history of each work of art and bringing it to life.”

“The Art of Dance” is Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 8, at 2 p.m. at the theater at the Southampton High School, 141 Narrow Lane in Southampton. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (631) 537-3008, email tickets@dancestudio3.com or visit dancestudio3.com.

Dance is Now at the Southampton Cultural Center

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By Tessa Raebeck

With performances by Danse Arts, Hamptons Dance Authority and Studio 3, the Southampton Cultural Center presents Dance is Now, a gala dance performance and reception to benefit the center.

The evening will feature ballroom, hip hop, ballet, Latin and lyrical dance performances. In addition to the one-hour show, guests will enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to meet the performers, visit tables set up by the studios and learn about dance classes on the East End.

The performances are Saturday, May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. Tickets are $45 and available by visiting scc-arts.org or calling 287-4377.

Friday Night Dance Parties for the Public

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Dance parties in Southampton Friday night. Photo courtesy of Hamptons Dance Authority.

Dance parties in Southampton Friday night. Photo courtesy of Hamptons Dance Authority.

By Tessa Raebeck

Hamptons Dance Authority invites the public to come warm up with the cold with a Friday night dance party. All you need is some stamina and a desire to leave it all on the dance floor. The music will include genres and styles for every taste. Munchies and soft drinks are included, and dancers are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages.

The dance party will be Friday, March 21 and Friday, March 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dancers can pay $10 for the night or $35 for the month. The first five to arrive will get in for half price. Hamptons Dance Authority is located at 425 County Road 39A, Lower Level Suite 1 in Southampton. For more information, call 283-1488 or visit hamptonsdance.com.

The Neo-Political Cowgirls Dance for Justice at Bay Street Theatre

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Last year's performance of Eve Ensler's "V-Day, One Billion Rising" by the Neo-Political Cowgirls at Bay Street Theatre. Photo by Tom Kochie.

Last year’s performance of Eve Ensler’s “V-Day, One Billion Rising” by the Neo-Political Cowgirls at Bay Street Theatre. Photo by Tom Kochie.

By Tessa Raebeck

The Neo-Political Cowgirls return to Bay Street Thursday, February 27 with their rendition of Eve Ensler’s, “V-Day, One Billion Rising.” Eve Ensler, creator of “The Vagina Monologues,” started the worldwide event as a way for people to rise up, speak out and dance together to demand justice for women and girls who are victims of violence.

Director Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls are again partnering with The Retreat and the Bay Street Theatre in the thought-provoking performance aimed at empowering women through self-expression.

Renditions of the dance, which is largely improvisational, will be performed around the world. Those looking to join the global movement are welcome to attend an hour-long dance rehearsal prior to the event, at 5:30 p.m. in the theatre. No experience is necessary and men, women and children are all invited.

Those less inclined to dance are welcome to come to the main performance at 7:30 p.m., which includes music, spoken word and, naturally, dance.

With the slogan, “Rise, Release, Dance!” One Billion Rising for Justice is a global call to demand an end to violence against women and girls. Through transformative dance, survivors of violence are encouraged to release their pain and rise up against their tormenters. Dances usually end with the dancers’ arms spread wide, their head held high and mouth open in a message of release and renewal. In 2013, feminist activists in 207 countries participated in the Valentine’s Day event.

The Neo-Political Cowgirls’ staging of “V-Day, One Billion Rising,” will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 13 at the Bay Street Theatre, Corner of Bay and Main Streets in Sag Harbor. A suggested donation of $20 will benefit The Retreat. For more information, email Kate Mueth at gladmueth@aol.com or call the box office at 631.329.7130.

 

Luau at the Whaling Museum

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