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Touring Dance Ensembles

Students have the opportunity to prepare themselves for professional dance careers through participation in Chamber Ballet, DANSCORE, and Sankofa.

Chamber Ballet

Chamber Ballet Warner Castle

Chamber Ballet Brockport

Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, 2016, at 7:30 pm
     Rose L. Strasser Studio, Hartwell Hall
$5 donation at the door

Chamber Ballet Brockport (CBB) is a multidisciplinary ensemble distinguished by its collaboration and performance with live musicians, and focus on contemporary ballet. CBB is dedicated to building a bridge between the academic and professional world, cultivating high caliber and diverse performing artists, and fostering relationships in the community through engagement. The ensemble works with guest choreographers and musicians from the Eastman School of Music community and beyond.

CBB is led by Vanessa Van Wormer, visiting assistant professor of dance at The College at Brockport, and Berklee College of Music alum Andrew Alden.

Dancers matriculated into The College at Brockport Department of Dance are eligible to audition and enroll for Chamber Ballet Brockport as a three-credit course. Auditions are held early in the spring for the following season.




Thursday and Friday, November 19 and 20, 2015, at 7:30 pm
Hartwell Dance Theater, Hartwell Hall

Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 7:30 pm
Hochstein Performance Hall, Rochester, NY

DANSCORE performs faculty, student and guest artist choreography. Founded in 1985 by a collective of faculty choreographers and produced by Brockport's Department of Dance, DANSCORE is directed by dance faculty. The company's work is traditionally contemporary and is performed primarily by advanced student dancers.

DANSCORE has provided lecture/demonstrations, classes, and performances for high schools, colleges and the general public throughout New York State. Past touring has included performances at the Syracuse Civic Center, Wells College, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Students regularly attend and perform at the American College Dance Festival and have also been invited to perform at the National American College Dance Festival.

DANSCORE performs at The College at Brockport and the Hochstein School of Music & Dance in November each year.

Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble



April 28 – May 1, 2016
Thursday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm,
Sunday Matinee at 2 pm
Hartwell Dance Theater, Hartwell Hall

 Sankofa is a symbolic, Ghanaian expression represented by a bird whose head turns back looking towards the past. The Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble retrieves the cultural essences of the past and brings them into the present.

Sankofa presents dance and theater works expressing the dynamic presence of African culture in America. Some of the presentations are replicas of traditional African prototypes; and some are re-creations, employing contemporary themes and movement motifs.

The members of the African Dance and Drum Ensemble of The College at Brockport represent the rich cultural heritage of Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas, and Africa that exists within our university community.

Clyde Alafiju Morgan served as artistic director from 1985 through spring 2015, when he retired from his position as associate professor of dance. Oluyinka Akinjiola, alumnus, currently serves as artistic director. Music director Khalid Abdul N'Fally Saleem joined the ensemble in 1994.


If you are interested in bringing any of these touring ensembles to your community or organization, please email the Dance Touring Manager, write or call:

Department of Dance
The College at Brockport
Tel: (585) 395-5048
Fax: (585) 395-5134

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Last Updated 10/8/15


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