On Saturday, March 23rd at 8PM, Ulster Ballet Company will present the 30th Annual Festival of Dance, to be held at Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston, NY. Since 1983, the festival has showcased professional dancers and choreographers with a diverse range of styles and techniques.

In celebration of the Festival’s 30th year, UBC will offer a very cool line up of innovative dancing that spans cultures and generations, in styles that include modern, tango, contemporary, ballet, swing, hip hop, ballroom, lindy, jazz, modern Irish and Armenian.

    This weekend, Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA co-present world-renowned contemporary ballet ensemble Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center.

The Montréal-based dance company blends a variety of dance styles, influences, and music in three diverse works by prominent, international choreographers.

This co-presentation coincides with the final month of MASS MoCA’s Oh, Canada exhibit, the largest survey of Canadian contemporary art ever produced outside of Canada.

Ella Baff, Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director, and Sue Killam, Director of Performing Arts at MASS MoCA, join us to tell us more.

Rachel Garbade

    The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre's annual gala performances at The Bardavon is in its 31st year. The events celebrate both brand new and classic works by a very talented company of dancers.

There will be two performances at The Bardavon this weekend, one at 8pm on Saturday and one at 3pm on Sunday.

  The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York will host “Strike Dance, and Rise” tomorrow from noon to 8pm. The event includes dancing, sharing and drumming to raise awareness about violence against women – and that is only one of the important events they are working on this month. Here to tell us more is Ruby Whitney from the National Museum of Dance joins us to tell us more.

Photo courtesy of Massey Hall

    As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor, Paco Peña, has transformed perceptions of this Flamenco Spanish art form. His company of musicians and dancers has been dazzling audiences for decades.

The Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company will perform at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, NY on January 20th.

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  The Northeast Ballet Company, under the direction of Darlene Myers, has been serving the Capital District since 1990 and has had the honor of being the resident company of Proctors Theater since 1991.


The Jamal Jackson Dance Company will be performing at PS21 in Chatham this weekend. The company will be performing “Footprints from my Heart’s Rhythm” on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Jamal Jackson joins us in Studio A.

Joseph Schembri

Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to The Mahaiwe for its fifth consecutive summer this week and one of the pieces the troupe will perform is entitled Gossamer Gallants which uses movement inspired by insects like those found in AmyStewart's bestselling book, Wicked Bugs.

The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs is the only museum in the country dedicated solely to dance. They have a lot of great events coming up – including their annual gala on August 11th during which Ben Vereen will be inducted as their 48th inductee into the Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame.We learn more from Donna Skiff (Director of the National Museum of Dance) and Sarah Hall Weaver (Assistant Director and Curator).

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild presents its first annual Festival of the Arts this weekend at the Bydcliffe Arts Colony and Kleinart/James Center for the Arts. The festival involves 17 arts organizations presenting a variety of arts events throughout the weekend. We learn more from Paul Green - founder of the School of Rock and now Woodstock-er.