Davis & Elkins presenting Dance Festival

ELKINS – The Davis & Elkins Dance Festival comes to life March 14-16 with concerts, workshops and social dance events. The three-day festival is open to the community and features performances by students, faculty, guest artists and local dance professionals.

For those who want to learn more about the art of dance, master classes will be offered in yoga, urban dance, percussive dance and Katharine Dunham modern technique.

In addition, a Continuing Education teacher training session will be offered in Arts Integrated Lesson Planning.

Events get under way at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14 with a Student Concert in the Pit dance studio, located on the lower level of Myles Center for the Arts. The performance will feature Davis & Elkins College students and faculty showcasing various dance forms they have studied throughout the year. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.

The day is filled with workshops and capped off with a guest artist and faculty concert on Saturday, March 15. Workshops are offered in Yoga, Arts Integrated Curriculum Development Part I, Locking, Body Percussion, Tap, Popping and Poi Spinning.

The concert, beginning at 8 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, features ensembles, duets and soloists, including Urban Artistry, a collective of artists pursuing urban dance, music, poetry and visual art; Capitol Tap, a youth ensemble from Washington, D.C.; Baakari Wilder, a Bessie-award winning tap dancer and actor; New York City-based Poi spinner Adrian Galvin; and Davis & Elkins faculty Emily Oleson and Laurie Goux; and Becky Hill, director of the Davis & Elkins Appalachian Ensemble.

Workshops continue on Sunday, March 16 featuring Dunham Technique Modern Class with Ruby Streate, Master Teacher at the Katherine Dunham Museum; Experienced-level Tap; Arts Integration Curriculum Development Part II; House Dance; Flatfooting & Clogging; Experienced-level Yoga and Classic Hip-Hop. The day wraps up with a Good-bye Jam in the Pit.

Tickets for a Festival Weekend Pass, which includes six workshops and two concerts, are $40; or $10 per concert and $10 per workshop.

To purchase concert tickets and register for individual workshops, visit

To purchase weekend passes, call the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or the Division of Fine & Performing Arts at 304-637-1212.