The following is a republished press release from a community organization or member and NOT written by the Ithaca Voice … to submit community announcements to The Voice, contact us at

[do_widget id= text-55 ]

The Schwartz Center will host three days of dance with the Mini Locally Grown
Dance Festival Dec. 3-5.

The program includes dances created this semester in the Department of Performing and Media Arts by choreographers and dancers of all levels, from beginners to advanced, students, from undergraduates, graduate students and faculty.

From left, students Gray Ryan, Lauren Cranidiotis, Louisianna Tekosky, Jacob
Hunter, Renee Lu, Deanna Myskiw, Monica Xu, Sarah Behringer and Mary Abramczu
will be featured in this weekend’s Mini Locally Grown Dance Festival. (Photo by Andrew Gillis)

“The evening’s diverse program will include works ranging from personal tragedy, vivacious friendships, difficult rejections, to abstract forms, each revealing layers of other, perhaps starkly opposite meanings,” said dance faculty member and coordinator Jumay Chu.

Chu explained that many of the dances include the juxtaposition of movement and music combined to tell a story underneath.

“Dance is an expressive art form, articulating ideas, complexities of feelings, connections that cannot be refined through other means of communication,” Chu said.

The festival combines elements of engineering, visual arts, biological sciences and history, creating dances designed to celebrate, provoke and entertain, she said.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Class of ’56 Dance Theater at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Schwartz Center Box office or online at

[do_widget id= text-61 ]

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.