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Saturday, December 7, 2019


The Dance Gallery Festival at Catskill Art Society

By: Contributed Photo | Emily Lewin Photography
Khensani Mathebula, at left, Artistic Director of MATHETA Dance, was a 2018 CUNY Dance Initiative resident.
LIVINGSTON MANOR - For its third year, Catskills Art Society (CAS) is partnering with the Dance Gallery Festival to offer the Level UP dancers a three-day residency in the picturesque mountains of the Catskills. The artists will open rehearsals to the public at the Laundry King at 65 Main Street, Livingston Manor and the residency will culminate with a free performance at the Beaverkill Valley Inn at 7 Barnhart Road, Lew Beach on Sunday, September 1, at 6 p.m.
Open rehearsals will be joined by a free open master class for dancers of all levels and ages at the Laundry King on Saturday, August 31 at 10 a.m. Later in the day, audiences will preview an immersive solo-performance in the CAS Arts Center galleries, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor amidst the closing party for the annual invitational exhibition Mary Carlson and Jim Torok.
Performance and exhibition closing party Saturday, August 31 from 5 - 6 p.m.
The Dance Gallery Festival was created in 2007 by Astrid von Ussar and has since become a well-known festival with annual showcases in New York City, Texas and now Livingston Manor. The production of modern concert dance is often challenged by the scarcity of suitable and affordable performance venues. The Dance Gallery Festival addresses this problem by providing support to showcase each choreographers work.
Committed to find up-and-coming choreographic talent, and this year's Level UP choreographers are Nicole Caruana and Khensani Mathebula. Level-Up serves as a performance showcase for talented dance companies/ choreographers that are ready to advance to the next level in the development and promotion of their work. Each company will receive 25 minutes of performance time at the prestigious Ailey Citigroup Theatre September 27 - 29 and receive a commission fee.
For more information and list of rehearsals, please visit

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