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Photo submitted The Fredonia Dance Ensemble will perform Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Marvel Theater at the State University of New York in Fredonia. The event is part of the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series presented by the Department of Theater and Dance.

On Friday and Saturday, the Fredonia Dance Ensemble returns to the stage at the State University of New York’s Marvel Theater in Fredonia for its first in-person concert since 2019.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Twenty-six BFA Dance majors will perform. The FDE concert is presented by the Department of Theater and Dance as part of the Walter Gloor Mainstage 2021-22 series.

Tickets are available at the Fredonia Campus Box Office at the Williams Center, by phone at 716-673-3501, and online at

Fredonia Dance Ensemble Director Paula J. Peters explained what it means to be able to return to live, in-person presentation after a two-year hiatus.

“The hardest thing about the pandemic for dancers and choreographers has been the loss of being able to move our bodies together in real time in the same space and sharing that energy with the audience,” Peters said. “I think a lot of us never realized how transformative live dance performances were until we couldn’t do it anymore.”

The director describes his return to the stage “like a return to full life. Working with students on choreography, seeing them stretch themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, was an incredibly joyful experience. We are so grateful to be back in the theater, and grateful for everyone in the studio and behind the scenes, who worked hard to make this performance possible.

In addition to works choreographed by Fredonia Dance faculty members, dance majors will perform pieces created by guest artists Carlos Jones, Irvin Gonzalez and Alfonso Cervera. Visiting Artist Residencies have been made possible through the support of the Williams Visiting Professor Endowment through the Fredonia College Foundation.

“We were also fortunate to have Carlos Jones, Irvin Gonzalez and Alfonso Cervera on campus for a week-long teaching and choreographic residency to create work on Fredonia Dance Ensemble,” Peters said. “In addition, Irvin and Alfonso will return to campus and perform a duet they created during their residency.”?

Ultimately, Peters hopes the Fredonia Dance Ensemble performance will also be transformative for audience members.

“I hope people connect with something? In the concert that resonates with them as humans, sitting down with ideas that might inspire them to think differently and have a transformative moment for themselves” , said the director.

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