D&E to host free dance performance

Davis & Elkins College will host a free performance of the West Virginia Dance Company as part of the Governor’s School for the Arts July 1 at 8 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. The program is being presented with support from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

This is the third year that Davis & Elkins has hosted the prestigious West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), an elite three-week summer program that immerses 100 high school students in the arts. The session begins July 1 and concludes July 20.

The West Virginia Dance Company, the only professional touring dance company in the history of the Mountain State, is comprised of highly trained, professional dancers, whose repertoire includes works influenced by West Virginia’s rich cultural heritage and various cultures from across the globe.

The July 1 performance will feature WVDC dancers, as well as some from Theatre West Virginia. Selections will include an Appalachian piece with dances from “Hatfields and McCoys,” an excerpt from WVDC’s educational touring show featuring clogging, and a solo performed by Hilary Freeland to music by Trapezoid. The band’s founder, Sam Rizzetta, started the dulcimer program at Augusta Heritage Center and taught summer sessions for 25 years.

In addition, celebrated West Virginia fiddler Jake Krack will play two sections including one with the WVDC.

Since 1977, the WVDC has toured throughout West Virginia, as well as 14 other states, with its professional arts-based learning programs. Performing for tens of thousands annually, the WVDC performs a thorough blend of entertaining and thought-provoking modern works.