Local dancers join Koresh Dance Company

For Immediate Release: April 11, 2016

BLOOMSBURG—Local dancers will perform as part of the Koresh Dance Company’s opening act in a Celebrity Artist Series program Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s Haas Center for Performing Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Thirteen dancers and an alternate from local studios and Bloomsburg University, ranging in age from 12 to 23, were chosen through audition to perform in the opening number. Rehearsals for the 5-minute-long original piece began in February, directed by Amber Bassett of Danceworks by Amber.

The dancers and the studios or organizations they represent are:

  • BU Dance Minor Program: Shaakirah Bradshaw, Dreland Goar, Carlos Santiago, Dana Shirley and Akia Williams
  • BU Student Dance Ensemble: Mackenzie Liberta and Shelby Minier
  • Bloomsburg School of Dance: Samantha Kurian
  • Danceworks by Amber: Lexi Groshek and Morgan Mungo
  • Gronsky School of Dance: Adrianna Rakauskas
  • Moyer Institute of Dance: Zoe Betz and Kara Heim
  • Northern Columbia Ballet: Angela Bagnata

Koresh Dance Company, founded by Israeli-born artistic director Ronen Koresh in 1991, is based in Philadelphia. The New Yorker describes the troupe’s signature style as “earthy, folk-dancey, emotionally direct, and physically intense.”

Koresh’s signature style combines ballet, modern and jazz techniques; military rhythms; folk repetitions; and pedestrian movement. The dancers embody a passion for human stories and relationships, the trademarks of Koresh’s choreography. Set to both Middle Eastern music and classical favorites, the April 23 performance will unite audience favorites with less-seen Koresh works – dipping into the repertory vaults in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary in 2016.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.