On the evening of June 7th, two modern dance companies will share the stage at the McKenna Theater at SUNY New Paltz in a program entitled “Welcome to the World” -- featuring groundbreaking choreography and a celebration of the human spirit.
Figures in Flight 4, a professional youth dance company made up of high school students from the Hudson Valley will be joined by Figures in Flight Released, a group of adult men whose dance training began through a rehabilitation program in prison. In spite of their obvious differences in race, age, and background, these two groups share something that shines through on stage and in rehearsal: a love of dance, and a commitment to mutual respect between people of all kinds.
They also share a dance teacher and choreographer. Both companies are being presented under the direction of renowned dance educator and artistic director Susan Slotnick.
Susan joins us now along with Charles Defraia, a promoter, fundraiser, and the father of a Figures in Flight 4 dancer.