Monday, May 10, 2010

Stephanie Koltiska: MFA Modern Dance Concert

     I went for a day trip with my husband and our friends Michelle & Fred Struckholz to SUNY Purchase to witness Stephanie Koltiska's MFA Dance concert (upside down blonde in the poster).  She had two solos and danced in several other pieces.  In her first solo, she did a classical piece choreographed by Jose Limon ( called "Sphinx" - very catlike movement.  Who looks good in a brown unitard?  She did! 
     The second performance was awesome because she danced to Stevie Nicks "Stand Back" donning a killer 80's tutu while pointing and moonwalking in front of an industrial size fan (hysterical).  All-in-all totally worth the drive. 
     The red fabric seen in the poster was used in a Cirque-de-Soleil style dance where she hung from her feet and flung back and forth across the stage.  My favorite piece was choreographed by a fellow MFA student who had muscular boys tossing Steph (dressed in all white) around the stage at the end of a 10ft metal bar making her look weightless.
     I have taken about 7 modern dance classes with my friend Michelle and loved every single one.  I found myself stretching and twirling around the kitchen while cooking dinner.  If you are interested in Modern Dance and live near or visit the Providence area check out Michelle's class every Saturday at 12:30 at the Motion Center. For more information check out the website here.  In the meantime, here is a picture of the late Jose Limon and Martha Graham to inspire you.

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