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Dances at MuCCC 2024 - Moving Margins to the Center

Directed by Donna Davenport & Nanako Horikawa Mandrino Dances at MuCCC, presents a variety of choreographers, dancers, and styles.

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Dances at MuCCC 2024 - Moving Margins to the Center
Dances at MuCCC 2024 - Moving Margins to the Center

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Jun 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Rochester, 142 Atlantic Ave, Rochester, NY 14607, USA


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Dances at MuCCC 2024 - Moving Margins to the Center

Directed by Donna Davenport & Nanako Horikawa Mandrino

Dances at MuCCC,  presents a variety of choreographers, dancers, and styles.

Wed. June 19, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. 

Thurs. June 20, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. 

Fri. June 21, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.  

Sat. June 22, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

$15 General Admission 

$10 Students and Seniors (65+) 

Free - Children 5 and under

The annual Dances at MuCCC returns to Rochester June 19 to June 22 this year for its 10th anniversary, repeating last year’s success, with two programs of remarkable, sold-out performances and collaborations among dancers, choreographers, musicians, and visual artists.  

2024 Dances at MuCCC - Program A and Program B:

PROGRAM A: Wed. & Fri., June 19 & 21

Natalie Marino

Amya Brice

Jennifer Roush

Sarah Jacobs

Zanyla Penn

Joshua Lang

Cat Olson

Bri Blair Kelly

Missy Pfohl Smith

Neyda Colón-DiMaria

PROGRAM B: Thurs. & Sat., June 20 & 22

Mariko Yamada

Joanna Rodriguez

Austen Kelly

Madeline Dembowski

Ethan Beckwith-Cohen

Elton Ward

Gabrielle Samuel

Kate Griffler

Harold Taddy

Renée Sobers



For Dances at MuCCC 2024 web page:

We are thrilled once again to produce four evenings of high-caliber dance creations and beautiful musical performances by some of the region’s best performing artists.

PROGRAM A – Wed. Juneteenth and Fri., June 21st at 8:00 pm

Natalie Marino, master of multiple performing genres, from hoops and fire to drama and song, brings us a new performance full of surprises to a score by Reilly Liberto.

Amya Brice returns to Dances at MuCCC to perform a new solo that may make you cry... with grace and power they share an aching expression of life.

Jennifer Roush shares “an intimate and visceral exploration of how humans try to heal themselves by taking on the burden of others.”

Zanyla Penn, new to Dances at MuCCC, has created a riveting Afro-Modern ensemble for a talented cast of dancers from School of the Arts in Rochester.

Joshua Lang, familiar to Rochester audiences, is back with a new comedic quartet, artfully informed by his history as a ballet choreographer and his creative whimsy.

Cat Olson, artistic director of Cat + The Coyote, featured recently in City, presents a profound solo described as a “vivid manifestation of life’s reality.”

Bri Blair Kelly, artistic director of RoCeltic, entertains as always with masterful Irish dance, intricate rhythms, and an exhilarating acapella duet.

Missy Pfohl Smith, artistic director of BioDance, has collaborated with Paul H. Taylor, Austin White, and one of Rochester’s favorite dancers, Sabrina Bui, to create a poignant solo with White’s live music.

Neyda Colón-DiMaria, artistic director of Nomad Dance Theatre, another Rochester favorite, closes the evening with a beautiful group of dancers celebrating community and collaboration.

PROGRAM B – Thurs. June 20 and Sat. June 22 at 8:00 pm

Mariko Yamada, an interdisciplinary artist known to Rochester audiences, has created a duet for two young dancers who explore growth and transformation through movement.

Joanna Rodriguez presents an evocative study in solo movement, inviting the audience “to consider those everyday situations that confound our finite brains.”

Austen Kelly, a member of RoCeltic, debuts choreography this year with a duet inspired by “La La Land.”

Madeline Dembowski, new to Dances at MuCCC, presents a powerful solo about life’s struggles, accompanied by live cello and a stunning score by Anthony Aparicio.

Ethan Beckwith-Cohen, a member of Garth Fagan Dance Company, known since high school as a talented choreographer, shares a new dance ensemble with his local fans.

Gabrielle Samuel, from Trinidad and Tobago, a Principal Dancer in Garth Fagan Dance, presents a new contemplative dance about birds.

Elton Ward, a favorite performer of Krump and other dance styles in Rochester, brings their artistry to MuCCC for the first time.

Kate Griffler, new to Dances at MuCCC, brings dancers and outstanding dance artistry to Rochester, to perform a special quintet en pointe to a jazz score by Andrew Alden.

Harold Taddy, artistic director of The Velvet Noose, has created a new, provocative performance piece especially for Dances at MuCCC, which promises “theater you can feel.”

Renée “Art” Sobers, one of last year’s favorite Dances at MuCCC artists, offers another beautiful performance to close Program B.

Says festival co-founder, Laurie MacFarlane, “Dances at MuCCC is unique in the way it offers a cross section of what is happening in contemporary dance in Rochester and the region. Audiences can see dance theater, multi-disciplinary work, humorous pieces, abstract works, and dances inspired by diverse cultural traditions. 

Every year is a surprise and a win-win for artists and audiences.” MacFarlane and Ruben Ornelas produced the festival for eight years.

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