LEWISTON — The 11th annual Franco-American/Bates Winter Dance Showcase will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St.

Adult/senior admission is $15/$12, available from the Franco Center at bit.ly/FAB16[http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2483464]. Student admission is $5, cash at the door only.

Bates College and the Franco Center will present 14 performances by artists from Maine, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

“F.A.B. gives audiences a rare chance to see a variety of dance styles,” said Carol Dilley, professor of dance at Bates and dance program director, “but it’s also an opportunity for the artists to network.

“Dancers of all kinds work together to present this program, from seasoned professionals exploring new works to young dancers broadening their horizons in this field that they love.”

The roster of performers is:

• Claire Porter and Sara Juli perform “Small Stories.” Porter, of New Jersey, is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. A dancer and professional fundraiser, Juli, of Portland, teaches at the Bates Dance Festival and has been a resident artist at Bates.

• Alexandra James of Portland works with the nonprofit Swift Urban Movement Project to teach a healthy, active and social lifestyle through dance. 

• Collective Motion, a Southern Maine-based modern dance company, was established in 2006 by Artistic Director Jennifer Bourgeault. 

• Molly Gawler of Monroe is known as a scion of Maine’s folksinging Gawler Family and a member of the renowned Pilobolus Dance Company.

• Shawn Hove is a choreographer and dancer, lighting designer and media artist who was video co-director for the Bates Dance Festival for a decade.

• Dancers from the Portland School of Ballet CORPS Program, an innovative partnership with Portland High School.

• Dancers from the Community Dance Project Ensemble of Saco, a nonprofit dedicated to the infusion of dance in the Maine public school system.

• The Colby Dancers are directed by Annie Kloppenberg, assistant professor of theater and dance at Colby College.

• Laura Peterson is a New York City-based dance artist and choreographer.

• indiedanceworks is a Portland-based company, established in 2009 by Susan Thompson-Brown and Lisa Quijano Wolfinger.

• Portland Youth Dance is a nonprofit serving Greater Portland by providing a pre-professional dance company and outreach programs for children and teens.

• Mary Anne Bodnar, a Bates senior from New York City, will perform her piece “Sparkle.” 

• Jorge Piccole, a Bates sophomore from Middleton, Mass., will perform a hip hop solo.

• Melinda Buckwalter, Kristen Stake and Jacob DeRaadt present a piece titled “Last Chance to Get It Right.” Buckwalter is a dance writer and movement researcher from Massachusetts; Stake is a dance artist and poet from Portland; DeRaadt, also of Portland, is a sound artist.

Admission is $15 for the general public and $12 for seniors, plus a small fee for credit card purchases, available from the Franco Center at bit.ly/FAB16. The student admission is $5, cash at the door only.

For more information, call 207-689-2000.


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