PSU Dance Premiere Gala Mixes Students and Professional Dancers

PLYMOUTH — A daylong celebration of dance with master classes taught by Plymouth State University (PSU) faculty and members of Boston's BoSoma Dance will bring together dancers of all ages and experience levels from across the region February 1 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Dancers, companies and studios submitted choreography for adjudication and possible acceptance into a gala performance that ends the day's work. The gala is an evening of creative and vibrant choreography featuring BoSoma, a company whose dancers are know for athleticism and excitement which they use to transcend all the barriers we use everyday to keep people, ideas and beliefs at a distance, according to David Polanzak of Boston Events Guide. Co-Artistic Directors Irada Djelassi and Katherine Hooper established BoSoma Dance Company in 2003 to show how dance can transcend borders of social and cultural background by presenting culturally sensitive work.

Plymouth State alumnus Lindsay Jarvis '10, a member of BoSoma Dance Company, will return to Plymouth to teach and perform at the event. Jarvis began studying dance at the age of three years and interned in Australia for one of her PSU semesters. She graduated Plymouth State University with a B.S. in business management and a minor in dance, and has since taught, studied and danced in New England. She is also a member of the New Hampshire based dance company, Tributary Dance.

BoSoma will showcase several original works on the program, including Quanta, which one reviewer said, "elevated the power and allure of physicality to the highest point."

The gala will also feature works by New England studies and schools including The New Hampton School, Dance Progressions, Edgewater Dance Academy and Goffstown High School, all in New Hampshire; and A Dancer's World, from Massachusetts.

Faculty presenting classes include Lisa Travis, Lenore Sousa, Rene Martinez, Ashley Landroche and Amanda Whitworth; who will be joined by a semester-long PSU Guest Artist, Mziyanda Mancam of Jazz Art Dance Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 8 p.m. gala in the Hanaway Theatre will begin with a dessert reception at 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Center lobby. Guests are invited (but not required) to wear formal attire.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at