Dance Adelphi: Encounters at Adelphi University from November 29 – December 3

Department of Dance alum Jessie Ryan premieres a new work

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Garden City, NY - November 9, 2017 - The Adelphi University Department of Dance brings the fall edition of its biannual dance showcase back to the Performing Arts Center (PAC) featuring student dancers and choreography from faculty. Dance Adelphi: Encounters will run from November 29 to December 3 in the Olmsted Theatre in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, New York.

Department of Dance alum Jessie Ryan returns to Adelphi to create Encounters, a piece that will have its world premiere as part of Dance Adelphi. Of Encounters, Jessie says, “If we distill our lives into the most potent moments, the extract remains as our interactions with one another. First impressions, a-ha moments of relational growth. We don’t get to choose, we don’t decide. We paint our lovers as romantic superlatives, but what happens when their human reality becomes known to us? We meet our most real selves in the midst of our connections.”

Jessie Ryan received her BFA from Adelphi in 2009 and received an MFA in Dance and Digital Technology from University of California, Irvine. Her work has been performed at HATCHed Presenting Series, Ridotto Opera Company, Spoke the Hub Winter Follies and Laguna Dance Festival and has received commissions from Insight Jazz Company and Los Angeles Fashion Week. This past year, she performed on Season 12 of America’s Got Talent, where the group finished as finalists. Jessie is currently a performer and collaborator with Diavolo | Architecture in Motion. She is currently choreographing for the Veteran’s Project, a program for US Veterans to find a sense of home and belonging through movement and community. She is also choreographing Ibuki, Diavolo’s latest commission, scheduled to premiere at the Los Angeles Music Center in 2018.

The program will also feature a mix of ballet and modern dance choreographed by faculty members Frank Augstyn, Orion Duckstein, Jennifer Kreichman and Adelheid B. Strelick.

The Adelphi PAC is one of Long Island’s premier cultural arts venues for entertainment of all kinds. Tickets are currently on sale for $25 with discounts available to seniors, students and alumni. Information is available at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516.877.4000 or Regular box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1:00-6:00 p.m. The box office is also open two hours before most scheduled performances.

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