Steffi Nossen Dance Kicks Off 75th Anniversary With Community and Benefit Concerts March 29 – 31st

The Steffi Nossen Dance Company in Michael Foley’s “Spells." The group will appear in a March 31st concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance. Photo credit: Charlie Winter

The Steffi Nossen School of Dance will kick off its 75th year teaching dance in Westchester with a Benefit Concert featuring advanced students of the School at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center on Saturday March 31st. Performance time is 8:00 pm, preceded by a 6:30 pm Silent Auction and cocktail reception. The event will benefit the organization’s outreach and financial aid programs. Featured is a film, created by producer Bryan Russo, highlighting Steffi Nossen’s role in the modern dance world and the role of the school in the community.

On Thursday Friday, March 29 and 30, the same program will be performed with FREE admission to an invited audience of clients of Westchester hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, social service agencies, and community groups and will begin at 6:30 PM. The concerts are an opportunity to attend a live dance performance for people who otherwise could not. Friday evening’s concert will feature Guest Artists The Revelators – a West African Dance and Drum Corps composed of both professionals and Mount Vernon student dancers from South Side Boys & Girls Club.

Mt. Kisco choreographer Jessica DiMauro, an alumna of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance, will produce the concert. Featured is a new work by AnnMaria Mazzini, recently retired principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Company. Westchester choreographer Annie Doss, also a Steffi Nossen alumna and Pleasantville resident, has restaged her work, “Maidenform”, originally presented at Marymount Manhattan College and “The Ange Variations” choreographed by her mentor Nancy Lushington. Ms. Lushington, former Artistic Director of the Dance in Education Fund, currently serves as its Artistic Advisor, and is on the dance faculties of Marymount Manhattan College and Montclair State University. Works by Maureen Glennon, Artistic Director of “moe-tion dance”, who teaches, performs, and choreographs throughout the tri-state area’; Kristina Berger who dances with Erick Hawkins Dance Company and Molissa Fenley and Dancers; and Iquail Shaheed, Artistic Director of Dance Iquail, who holds an MFA from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, round out the program. Dancing in these works are advanced dancers at the school who are members of the Steffi Nossen Dance Company, Master Classes and Concert Group. Northern Westchester dancers appearing in these works include: Steffi Nossen Dance Company members Thea Aplin, Christine Cho, Alison Dammann, Ana Mosseri, and Maureen Steinhorn – all from Chappaqua; Katonah’s Kendal Coniaris; and Briarcliff Manor resident Elizabeth Kanovsky. Senior Master Class dancers include Hannah Fenlon, Sarah Jane Kugelmas, Hillary Lowitz and Rebecca Ozer – all from Chappaqua; Claire O’Hara, Emma Saidenberg and Julia Schmidt – residents of Pleasantville; Croton resident Rory Curtin, Valhalla’s Abbey Wilson, and Briarcliff Manor’s Madeline Greenberg. Chappaqua’s Jane Frieder and Olivia Bespolka, a resident of Valhalla, are members of the Steffi Nossen Concert Group.
The Steffi Nossen School of Dance is a program of the not-for-profit Dance in Education Fund, a dance organization serving Westchester as a dance resource – promoting the awareness of dance, the opportunity to dance, and enriching the dance environment for students, professionals, and audiences. A Silent Auction featuring goods and services, vacations, restaurant meals, and theatrical and professional sports events will be part of the Saturday evening Benefit as will an Alumnae Welcome Reception.

To purchase Benefit tickets or arrange for you or your agency to attend the Community Concerts contact the Fund office at 914-328-1900 or info@steffinossen.org. Benefit ticket prices: Benefactor, $125; Patron , $100; Friends, $75; Supporters $40. Community Concert passes for agencies are free and $15 per adult, $10 per student charge for members of the general public.

 

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