Dance Students Dazzle at Queensborough

A captivating tapestry of graceful, bold, and beautiful modern dance pieces was presented by students in Queensborough’s Health, Physical Education, and Dance Department.

The Dance Theatre Workshop—which played to a full house at the Humanities Theatre on May 10 and 11—featured choreography by Professor Emily Berry, dance coordinator at Queensborough; Keith A. Thompson; and four Queensborough student choreographers: Casandra Nady, Yejide Lever, Nancy Fernandez, and Wendy Velazquez. The program presented a wide range of modern dance styles, featuring Battlefield by choreographer Robert Battle.

Thompson performed with Trisha Brown Dance Company for ten years, the last three of which he also served as rehearsal director. He continues to participate at festivals, schools and workshops around the world. He recently danced for Bessie Award-winning choreographer Bebe Miller and with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. QCC students performed Thompson’s Beginnings Forever Lost and Big Love.

Fugue is a new work by Professor Berry, director of Queensborough’s Dance Program and Artistic Director of B3W. The piece was inspired by Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Quiera Hudes. It was first performed in December 2011 at City Tech College.

The student dancers were Emerald Greene, Makeesha Hill, Yejide Lever, Naomi Lewis, Casandra Nady, John Palomaria, Bianca Richard, Melodee Rodriguez, Ludovico Einaudi, Yiruma, Daryl Beachum, Caitlin Dooley, Nancy Fernandez, Brittany Foy, Simeon Pollydore, Kendrick Samuel, Patricia Soberano, Wendy Velazquez, Kiara Johnson, and Kaylee Venta.