Lively Arts Starts Season’s Educational Outreach With Dance Troupe

Posted on 9/19/2013 1:41:48 PM

Koresh Dance CompanyKoresh Dance Company is renowned for its highly engaging performances and technically superb dancers. At the same time, the company is extremely committed to educating students in all aspect of dance, welcoming over 20,000 students of all ages and levels to the Koresh School of dance just this past year alone. They will be sharing that expertise with area students as the first outreach activity by the Lively Arts this season.

Here in Indiana, they are presenting a multifaceted residency experience through two visits—one in September, beginning this weekend, and the other in November when they return to also perform as part of the Lively Arts 2013–2014 Ovations! series.

During their time on campus September 21–26, they will be auditioning and then working with IUP Dance Theater members in preparation for those students to perform with Koresh on artistic director Roni Koresh’s choreographed work “Wet Stones.” During the course of the rehearsals, the students will be immersed in the “Koresh style” of dance, experiencing the various influences that have melded to create this style.

Off-campus, they will be working with seventh-grade English students at Indiana Junior High School as they explore the interpretive nature of dance through poetry. Using the poem “The Rose That Grew from Concrete” by Tupak Shakur, as well as their own poems, the Koresh dancers will work with the students on the process of creating dance to express the feeling and meaning of the poems.

In addition to their work with the students, the dance company will provide a stretching, strengthening, and movement class specifically designed for busy parents, teachers, and other community members.

The troupe also offers specialized training and performance opportunities for the exceptional teenage dancers of the Koresh Youth Ensemble, and will bring free weekly dance classes to three underserved elementary schools in Philadelphia with their Koresh Kids Dance program.

For more information, e-mail Jeff Wacker, ArtsPath associate director for arts-in-education services, at, or call the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS).