“38th Annual Spring Dance Concert”
Marking its 38th season of bringing dance and culture to Cumberland County, the VRDC (Vineland Regional Dance Company), New Jersey’s Premier Dance Company, will present its annual Spring Dance concert, dedicated in loving memory to Martha Godown. This one-night only performance held Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2pm in the Cumberland County College’s Frank Guaracini, Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center will be sure to delight and amaze all who attend.
This year’s dance event will feature all new ballets. Kimberly Chapman, Artistic Co-Director of the VRDC, Juilliard graduate, and former professional dancer with the Eliot Feld Ballet Company, has choreographed two pieces for this year’s Gala. “Silvy”, an earthy, modern piece, captures the essence of the hardworking American spirit and “Spring Waltz” a classical work, set to the music of Chopin, showcases the upcoming talent of the VRDC apprentices. Angelina Bartolozzi has set a work that will open the show entitled “Tsunami”. This work will start the evening off on a fast and exciting pace. Elizabeth Tkaczsynki has choreographed a work entitled “Broken”. This ballet focuses on the effects of divorce on the family unit. Former VRDC dancer and current dance director at Washington Univeristy Bruce McCormick has staged his innovative work “Danse Macabre”. With modern vocabulary this ballet is creepy yet sensual. Rounding out this evening of dance will be “Diablo Rojo”, a Spanish flavored piece set by Kelly Millar, which will leave the audience tapping their toes and wanting more.
Also featured during this performance is a tribute to VRDC Board member Martha Godwon. Martha Martha Fay Godown, joined loved ones in the next life following a brave fight against complication from heart surgery. Martie was a graduate of Millville High school class of 1972, and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education form Glassboro State College. She was a beloved language arts teacher at Ocean City New Jersey Intermediate School for 31 years. Martie retired from teaching in 2011. For over 30 years Martie was a volunteer and supporter of the Vineland Regional Dance Company (VRDC), assisting each year with makeup for the annual Nutcracker performances. In 1996 she became a member of the VRDC Board of Directors and went on to become involved in Regional Dance America where she served as parliamentarian for RDA/NE. Over the years “Miss Martie” helped encourage many young dancers to follow their dreams. To honor her many years of dedication, service, encouragement, and devotion to to the VRDC there will be two special performances dedicated to her memory. Former VRDC dancer, Jenna Dannenberger choreographed a work entitled “I wait at the gate” and Martie’s dear friend Katie Coltri, VRDC Vice President, will perform a medley of songs which will accompany a video montage.
Also returning are two former Company dancers who will perform solo’s for our audience: Elizabeth Tkaczynki and Richy Romero. The evening will showcase twenty of Cumberland County’s most talented dancers who represent South Jersey throughout the Northeastern United States and have received high acclaim for their artistic performances. The 2016-20017 VRDC members are Adam Anthony, Angelina Bartolozzi, Alexandra Bisignaro, Lilly Castellini, Carly Cullinane, Nicole Cullis, Joseph Hall-Conley, Isabella Hill, Elika Imanaga, Sydney Jones, Trey Luciano, Elly Petitidemange, Courtny Ricci, Jordyn Jones, Jessenia Rivera, Lindsey Wettstein.
Please mark your calendars now and join the VRDC for this extraordinary evening of entertainment. Performance tickets are available at The Vineland Regional Dance Company, by calling (856) 691-6059, or by visiting the VRDC’s website at www.VRDC.org. Tickets are $35 for Front Orchestra and Front Mezzanine; $25 for Back Orchestra and Back Mezzanine. Tickets for Senior Citizens, Students, and groups of 10 or more are $20 with seating in Back Orchestra and Back Mezzanine only.
Funding for this program has been made possible in part through a grant from the Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission, through the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and made available by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Join the VRDC for this unforgettable community cultural event!