Phoenix Danse Project presents "Premiere"

NORWICH – Learning difficult choreography and interpretation is often a tedious, time-consuming endeavor for dancers. But somehow, local dance instructor Amber Perkins makes it seem stress free, a member of Perkins’ new dance troupe, The Phoenix Project Danse Theatre, attests.

Oneonta dancer Shannah Kanewas says she never before experienced “how quickly” a choreographer can relay her vision. “Amber always comes in with something in her mind and knows what she wants. We move quickly and use our time wisely. When she finishes her vision, it always comes together for us, too,” the studio teacher and former Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive 2004 participant said.

Contemporary dance at its best, presented by the Phoenix Project Danse Theatre, will be on display at 7:30 p.m. this Friday in the Martin W. Kappel Theater, 27 W. Main St., Norwich.

Audiences can expect cutting-edge choreography and aesthetic elegance from this troupe of mature dancers, many of whom are graduates and/or teachers at the Amber Perkins School of the Arts in Norwich. The nationally distinguished school of dance was founded in 1997 upon the following creed: “To dance outside the box, pushing the creative paradigm of what dance is and what entertainment should be,” its website says.

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