The World in Dance: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble, Bolshoi Ballet

The first World Ballet Day was October 1st, 2014 and International Dance Day—introduced in 1982— is celebrated on April 29th every year. But, as we look at the weekend ahead, it seems like we can explore the world through dance right here in the Capital Region and along the Hudson.

8:00 pm • Friday, October 24th 2014
The Egg Center for the Performing Arts • Albany, NY

One of the country’s premier contemporary Asian-American companies Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KLY/D) performs an evening of repertory works including “BE/LONGING-Light/Shadow”—a deeply spiritual and unexpected hybrid of Western and Eastern dance inspired by martial arts, calligraphy and tai chi.

8:00 PM • Saturday, October 25th 2014
Lake Placid Center for the Arts • Lake Placid, NY

Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble is a dynamic group of 20 professional African drummers and dancers that brings excitement and energy to the stories and traditions of Africa. Founded in 1998 by Nana Kwasi Anim, it is known as the premier traditional African Dance and Drum performance group in Ghana, West Africa.  Several members trained at the Pan Africa Orchestra, the Center for National Culture, Ghana Cultural Ballet, and the Dance Factory. They have traveled throughout Europe, Australia, and West Africa, spreading their message of peace, unity, and cheer.

Wassa Pan Afrika was chosen to be the opening and closing act at the ceremonies of the CAF, Cup of Nations Football Tournament, and they dazzled audiences in the country’s National Festival of Arts (NAFAC).

Members of the Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble are considered to be some of the most elite of musicians and dancers, and students and audiences have traveled from all over the world to train with them. Now they come to the Lake Placid Center of the Arts. In conjunction with their performance, Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble will present a free workshop on African Drum and Dance earlier in the day. Click here for more information.

Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet returns to cinemas on Sunday with broadcasts of its productions, most live, some pre-recorded. Experience up close one of the greatest ballet companies in the world with its spectacular new 2014-2015 season on the big screen with magnificent classics including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake— presented live—and the unreleased ballet, The Legend of LoveThe Legend of Love can be seen this weekend (and Nov. 3rd)  throughout the region in Albany, Hudson, and Millerton. Check the event listings below.

No doubt you’ll also be able to take in some more dance through the region’s annual Festival of Nations that is being held this weekend (click here for info), but we hope you get to catch some or all of the above!

Other Upcoming Events

  • Sun Ock Lee, Korean Dancer
  • Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli, NY
    Saturday, November 1st 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • Nacre Dance: “So, You Think You can Choreograph?”
  • Spa Little Theatre, SPAC, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Saturday, November 1st 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • Maya Dance Theatre
  • Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli, NY
    Sunday, November 2nd 2014 at 2:30 pm

  • Brian Brooks Moving Company
  • University at Albany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY
    Sunday, November 2nd 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • Bolshoi Ballet in Cinemas: The Legend in Love
  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
    Monday, November 3rd 2014 at 7:00 pm

  • Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
  • James L. Meader Little Theater (Russell Sage College), Troy
    Friday, November 14th 2014 at 7:00 pm

  • Fotia Greek Dance Symposium
  • Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady, NY
    Saturday, November 15th 2014 at 9:00 am