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Empire State Youth Dance Ensemble

Revolutionary - The Tale of Modern Dance in America!
25 Washington Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 |


The revolution which led to the evolution of Modern Dance told through the magnificent dancing of Nacre Dance's Group's Empire State Youth Dance Ensemble.

Empire State Youth Dance Ensemble (ESYDE)is a program of Nacre Dance Group aimed at providing talented young dancers with an opportunity to work with visiting choreographers through a rigorous rehearsal schedule to hone and broaden their dance and performance skills culminating in a professional performance for the community.  


For our upcoming performance on Saturday, February 24th at 4:30pm at the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs ESYDE will present "Revolutionary" a dance/theater piece taking the audience through the spoken word and famous dances of modern dance founder, Isadora Duncan (portrayed by area actress and dancer, Diane Lachtrupp).  Accompanying the dancers will be musician Michael Clement on piano. 


The entire program supports this story of Isadora Duncan that is told in "Revolutionary" opening with a ballet piece created by visiting artist Donna Salgado of Continuum Contemporary/Ballet Company. Isadora Duncan revolted against ballet and set off on a journey of discovery towards developing a movement that was revolutionary of the times (and often controversial) laying the groundwork for modern dance in America.


Our program concludes with an original modern dance piece by visiting artist Em Wein (independent choreographer) to show how the influence of Isadora Duncan lives on and through the work of choreographers today who continue to explore and create in response to the world they are living in.


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