Hope College dance troupe to present annual concerts tonight, Saturday

The InSync Dance Theatre will present its annual concert at Hope College at 8 p.m. both today and Saturday at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland. IDT, co-directed by Rosanne Barton-DeVries and Amanda Smith-Heynen, is also a resident company of Hope College. Founded in 1997, it is a tap and jazz repertory company that features selected students, Hope graduates and other professionals. IDT presents a seasonal performance at the Knickerbocker Theatre and many small performances in the surrounding communities.
Apr 1, 2011


This year, IDT has four new guest artists as choreographers, as well as a guest artist dancer. The guest choreographers are Don Smith, Emilie Meyering, and RichardAshworth — who have all choreographed new works of tap on InSync dancers.

Smith’s piece is titled “Shout and Feel It,” with music by Count Basie; it is a “buck and wing”-style tap piece, harkening to the roots of tap. Meyering’s piece, “It’s Gonna Be,” has gone a more contemporary direction with music by Norah Jones. Ashworth’s piece, “Lullaby,” was choreographed to music by Jack Johnson. Dolores Sanchez choreographed a hip hop piece called “Dance or Die,” with music by Janelle Monaé.

The guest dancer this year is David Braciac, who formerly danced with Grand Rapids Ballet and is currently teaching in Grand Rapids. He will be performing a pas de deux, “Twice,” featuring music by Little Dragon, with IDT member Lindsay Filcik.

Tickets are on sale at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse; and cost $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students. The ticket office is open today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be called at 616-395-7890.


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